The Sharjah Finance Department (FD) and the Emirates Identity Authority (EIA) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to operationalize the identity card’s use in e-payments through websites and smart applications. The landmark development goes in line with the department’s strategy to maximise the efficiency and benefits of the emirate’s financial system and ensure consumer satisfaction and contentment.
Considered a significant step forward in achieving financial inclusion of everyone in Sharjah, the agreement ensures greater access for the emirate’s government departments to EIA’s E-Gate Service by enabling the emirate’s departments and residents to make transactions and e-payments through identity cards, and introduces digital signature as part of the UAE’s transition into a secure digital economy. Sharjah Government is the region’s first civil service to introduce such a highly sophisticated payment service.
The agreement was signed at FD’s HQ in Sharjah by FD Director General Waleed Al Sayegh and Dr. Saeed Abdullah Al Ghafli, Director General of Emirates Identity Authority in presence of a large number of FD and EIA employees.
Under the agreement, the Emirates ID shall be operationalised as a user-friendly and highly secure payment tool for all government and semi-government financial transactions in Sharjah as part of the government’s efforts to ensure people contentment through efficient services and optimum performance.
The agreement shall pave the way for more efficient application of state-of-the-art technology to enhance productivity, improve performance, and streamline procedures and access to public services.
The agreement shall ensure secure and easy payment solutions for the users of the Smart Receipt System (Tahseel) services, including, but not limited to, free-of-charge filling of Tahseel application forms and utilizing the latest technology in collection of all local transaction fees in the emirate.
Commenting on the groundbreaking development, Waleed Al Sayegh said, “In keeping with the vision of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the Finance Department is tirelessly working for enhancing its performance and creating an exemplary business environment that provides our people with all the tools that make them productive, positive and content.”
“Sharjah is always known for setting new benchmarks in various fields and creating exemplary standards that are being emulated by others. This innovative use of the Emirates ID fits within the context of our paramount interest in developing our services and setting an excellent example of the major strides being taken by the emirate to keep its competitive edge and ensure excellence in all aspects of our business,” Al Sayegh added.
Underlining that the Sharjah Government is the region’s first civil service to use ID as an official payment tool, Al Sayegh extended his thanks and appreciation to EIA for their continued cooperation and support for FD’s services which enable the government to make optimum use of the best available applications and facilities.
Dr. Saeed Abdullah Al Ghafli, Director General of Emirates Identity Authority said: “The agreement ideally falls with the EIA’s endeavors to strengthen channels of cooperation with different local and federal departments nationwide in order to facilitate full access to EIA’s digital services with the ultimate goal of streamlining procedures and ensuring business supremacy as part of the major strides being taken by the country to achieve sustained economic growth.