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Abu Dhabi Business Center signs cooperation agreement with TRA

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Abu Dhabi Business Centre of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), signed a cooperation agreement with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority(TRA) in a move to set a joint operational framework which governs the relationship between the two sides regarding licensing procedures and related approvals for practicing commercial activities, as well as inspection and control at the level of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to facilitate rendering high quality services to customers and businessmen.ADBC and TRA agreed to work within the single-window system of ADBC by activating direct e-linkage, in order to streamline and facilitate the procedures for obtaining commercial licenses in the Emirate, related to telecommunications activity in coordination with the competent authorities.The agreement was today in Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development headquarters, by H.E. Mohamed Omar Abdullah, the Undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development and H.E Majed Sultan Al Mismar, Deputy Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), in the presence of officials from both sides. H.E. Mohammed Omar Abdullah said that ADDED is keen on creating effective cooperation with the relevant federal and local government bodies, for realizing the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, within the strategy of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for modernizing, developing and enhancing government performance; and increasing the effectiveness of services to the business community. ADDED's Undersecretary, confirmed that Abu Dhabi Business Center, in its capacity as the competent authority in the Emirate in to license all business and activities for investors and businessmen, is keen on activating and developing business services to make Abu Dhabi a commercially attractive hub at the level of the State and region, through the development of a package of electronic services that will enhance the competitiveness of the Emirate.The Undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development commended the level of partnership and cooperation between ADDED and TRA, which is a strategically important authority for organizing one of the most prominent sectors in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, defined by the Economic Vision 2030 as one of the targeted key non-oil sectors of the Emirate's economy.In turn, H.E. Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mismar, TRA Deputy Director General, praised the achievement of this important step, and the joint cooperation and coordination with the Department of Economic Development, within its efforts to achieve the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 aimed at building a sustainable knowledge-based economy.H.E. Majed Sultan Al Mismar said that the ICT sector stands today as of the most vital sectors, and a standard for measuring the development and growth of countries in the world. The ICT sector is linked to economic development, through its areas of services and technological solutions support, adding. Al Mismar noted that this agreement is meant to promote and facilitate procedures to develop investments in this vital and strategic sector.  AppendicesThe joint cooperation agreement includes eight supplements which define the general framework of the concord between the two sides; covering the scope of services, the operational system of the Abu Dhabi Business Center, for business, financial collection mechanism, channels of communication, business activities list, system integration requirements, change management system and terms of use.According to the agreement, the Abu Dhabi Business Centre will manage the e-link system and determine the inputs and outputs, and will cater for the change management system according to the requirements and mechanism of TRA. The Business Center will receive and process all applications for business licenses relating to the telecommunications sector commercial business activities, in addition to the collection of fees relating to business license on behalf of TRA.In turn, TRA will electronically issue the final approval of telecommunication related business activity through the e-system and provide the requirements, conditions and fees for commercial activities related to the telecommunications sector, which will be processed within the TRA responsibilities, and sent to the Business Centre for inclusion in the system.The two parties agreed to the collection mechanism of second generation e-dirham. The Business Centre will collect fees on behalf of TRA after getting all approvals of license concerning activities, fees, fines and other violations charges. The Business center will issue financial receipts on behalf of the TRA.Both parties also agreed on a system to develop automatic approval and complete the application procedures in case of renewal only, and if TRA approves renewal on the system. According to agreement, the Business Center will arrange for linking TRA electronically with the government portal or any other safe means to be mutually agreed on, while the Business Center will include TRA requirements, conditions and fees as agreed in the appendices to this Convention.Accordingly, the Abu Dhabi Business Centre shall arrange for training TRA staff on the e-link application, after making sure that all requirements and conditions are included and the system, according to the working procedures of both parties.
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