Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre organizes workshop for government entities on activation of Abu Dhabi Executive Council Circular No. 4 of 2012 making ID cards compulsory for individual transactions at government agencies
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June 15, 2012
The Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC), the government entity in charge of the emirate's IT agenda in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, recently conducted a workshop on the implementation and enforcement of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council's circular No. 4 of 2012 making ID cards compulsory for individual transactions at all government agencies. Around 150 representatives from 45 government entities - comprising mostly IT Managers and Applications and Data Specialists - attended the session, which discussed implementation approaches and provided a common understanding of the government circular.
Afterwards, EIDA, the independent federal authority overseeing the execution of the UAE's Population Register and ID Card Programs, delivered a detailed presentation on the advantages and features of the ID card, the nature of the personal and critical data stored, and the safety and security standards applied.
To give a practical and realistic example, the General Command of the Abu Dhabi Police shared its successful experience in deploying the ID card in various systems, particularly for Federal Traffic and Licensing. They discussed the tangible benefits of ID implementation in terms of protecting data, preventing redundancy, improving services, and ensuring timeliness.
The workshop stimulated a lot of interaction and dialogue among the attendees, as ADSIC provided the necessary guidelines for government-related entities in Abu Dhabi to effectively apply and optimize the terms of the circular. ADSIC in collaboration with EIDA will provide support and guidance on how data can be properly read from the ID cards.
During the event, ADSIC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EIDA, with H.E. Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General of ADSIC, and H.E. Dr. Eng. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, Director General of EIDA, acting as signatories. The strategic partnership between the two parties comes in line with joint efforts to support the Abu Dhabi Executive Council's decisions to facilitate and simplify government procedures, increase the effectiveness of government services, achieve electronic connectivity and ease of data exchange between government agencies, and protect national care services from any form of misuse which will all be made possible through the identity card.
Under the terms of the MoU, which is aligned with Abu Dhabi's strategic plan, both parties will strengthen their existing partnership to achieve common goals and unify services to customers from various segments and age groups. The agreement is valid for 3 years and includes a series of joint strategic initiatives.
"The Emirates ID cards will eventually be required for all governmental transactions in Abu Dhabi. It is therefore imperative that government departments are on the same page on how the cards should be enforced and used. Through initiatives such as this workshop ADSIC intends to lay common grounds for the correct implementation of the national ID program. The Centre will continue to collaborate closely with EIDA to ensure that the program achieves its goals and contributes to Abu Dhabi's growth plans," said H.E. Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General of ADSIC.
"EIDA is committed to providing the right tools and processes to successfully integrate the functionality of the Emirates ID cards within the electronic governance systems of Abu Dhabi. Our aim is not only to make IDs, but more importantly to empower individuals with the use of technology to perform key government transactions. By partnering with ADSIC, we will be able to realize even higher levels of connectivity, convenience and service quality for the benefit of the public and all our stakeholders," said H.E. Dr. Eng. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, Director General, Emirates Identity Authority.