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ITIDA offers new licenses to practice e-signature services

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The Authority: Granting a maximum of 3 licenses in accordance with the terms of the Public Offer Conditions Booklet

The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) announced the launch of new licenses for companies to engage in the activity of providing electronic signature services, including issuing electronic authentication certificates, electronic stamps and time stamps for entities and individuals inside Egypt, for a maximum of 3 licenses, in accordance with the controls and requirements stipulated in the terms of reference. The public offering.

The authority indicated that the applicant companies can purchase the bid book starting from Wednesday, February 24, until next March 9, and only those who buy the booklet have the right to submit offers according to the general and financial controls and conditions stipulated by the authority for registration.

For its part, the authority binds the entities that will license it with all the technical and technical conditions and obligations mentioned in the law and its implementing regulations.

Eng. Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the authority, emphasized that the public offering of the new licenses comes within the framework of the efforts made by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the authority to develop the infrastructure for information and communication technology and improve digital services in a way that contributes to achieving the country’s strategy for digital transformation by facilitating the use of digital technologies in all Ways of life.

The expansion of the use of electronic signature comes to raise the efficiency of administrative work and the level of government services performance in line with the rhythm of the times and adds to Egypt’s competitive advantages and digital readiness.

Mahfouz pointed out that the availability of new licenses for companies contributes to keeping pace with the tremendous development in the information technology industry and sector and the consequent increase in the demand for digital services and electronic transactions between individuals and the various sectors of the state, which necessitates the expansion of the electronic signature system in various economic and social activities.

The authority clarified that applying for licenses is limited only to Egyptian companies operating in the Arab Republic of Egypt, which fulfill all the conditions and guarantees stipulated in Law No. 15 of 2004 and its executive regulations, the aforementioned clauses regarding the license to practice activity and what the authority approves in this regard, in addition to the obligation to submit all documents Required.

The Authority intends to hold sessions to respond to the inquiries of companies wishing to obtain licenses, noting that the applications for obtaining licenses will be decided within a period not exceeding sixty days from the date of fulfilling the license application after submitting all the requirements of the Authority from the licensee, unless the Authority is notified of the extension of these Duration.

The authority has determined the value of the license to practice the activity of electronic signature services, which amounts to 3 million Egyptian pounds for a period of 3 years starting from the date of issuance of the operating permission and the issuance of the electronic certification certificate from the supreme root authority for electronic authentication in the authority, and the license may be renewed for a similar period or periods, according to the authority’s decision.

The authority to regulate and follow up the e-signature in Egypt lies with the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) under Law No. 15 of 2004, which regulates the electronic signature to support digital transformation and make available information technology tools and applications in using the electronic signature.

It is worth noting that the executive regulations of Law No. 15 of 2004 have been amended according to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Decree No. 361 of 2020 within the framework of the state’s efforts towards digital transformation and the state’s strategy that aims to position the Egyptian government as a digital platform connected to the latest modern technologies.

The article “ITIDA” Introduces New Licenses to Practice the Activity of Electronic Signature Services It was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.

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