Abu Dhabi Business Center (ADBC) of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has announced the completion of e-linkage with three new government bodies, namely the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the General Directorate of Customs of the Department of Finance, thereby increasing the number of government entities that completed e-linkage with the Center to 15 government bodies. 79% of trade licensing transactions are thus performed electronically,.
For his part, Mr. Ali Fahed Al Nuaimi, Director of Trade Relations at ADBC, emphasized ABDC’s keenness to complete e-linkage with 19 local and federal government bodies by the end of the present year which represents 90% of overall trade licensing transactions.
He stated that, after completion of e-linkage with these bodies, ADBC will be able to achieve one of its main objectives this year, which consists in developing e-trade licensing transactions and thereby reducing the procedures, time and documents required to perform trade licensing transactions.
He went on to say that, with the activation of the e-linkage system with all local and federal government bodies across the emirate of Abu Dhabi, ADBC customers will be able to collect their new trade licenses within 2 to 4 business days. He further stated that original licenses are no more required to document the procedure through e-services that allow these bodies to inquire about license details and print them electronically in any place in the country, in addition to offering data and information required by the customer, such as the instruments and documents needs and payable fees.
Al Nuaimi has praised the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center for the support it extends to the Abu Dhabi Business Center, which helped speed up and facilitate the completion of e-linkage procedures and operations with these bodies, within the framework of the Abu Dhabi government’s strategy aiming at e-government transformation by promoting electronic transactions and procedures among government bodies.
He explained that ADBC hosted a number of employees and officials from the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Ministry of Social Affairs and General Directorate of Customs the past period who participated in workshops during which they got acquainted with the applications and use of the e-linkage system.
Al Nuaimi praised the tremendous cooperation and coordination between the Abu Dhabi Business Center of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and the three government bodies that expressed their desire to strengthen the strategic partnership among government bodies to complete the e-linkage project. He also expressed hope that the ADBC would complete its plan to activate e-linkage with the rest of the targeted government bodies by the end of this year.
He added that the e-link system allows the client to obtain the approval of the concerned governmental entities within two days, noting that e-link is considered one of the major projects that the Abu Dhabi Business Center seeks to execute, as it represents its key objectives aiming at ensuring the single window system for the commercial license transactions.
Ali Fahed Al Nuaimi stated that Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority is one of the main authorities that have a large quantity of commercial license transactions. Its task consists in approving the practicing of the activities of groceries and restaurants etc…which represent a high percentage of the commercial activity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He noted that the concerned commercial activity (i.e. the approvals of the Abu Dhabi Customs Department) is the customs clearance services. As for the Ministry of Social Affairs, it takes charge of three activities: the nurseries, rehabilitation of the disabled and social consultancies.
He noted that the overall commercial license transactions that require the approval of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority reached (5305) .during the period between February and September last year, while the overall achieved transactions reached 123 transactions at Abu Dhabi Customs Department and 8 transactions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Fahed Al Nuaimi asserted that Abu Dhabi Business Center is one of the main initiatives adopted by the Government of Abu Dhabi in order to create a perfect business environment according to the international standards. This comes as part of a comprehensive strategic plan aiming at developing the different economic and commercial sectors and activities. Hence the center seeks to achieve one of the main pillars of the economic vision of Abu Dhabi 2030. One of these pillars consists in creating a perfect business environment that makes the Emirate of Abu Dhabi a center of attraction of businessmen and investors, by adopting projects and initiatives that meet their expectations.
The center also aims, within its strategic goals, at ensuring the single window services offered to clients, in addition to consultancy and technical services with respect to official and legal licenses and procedures related to the practicing of various economic and service activities and other activities that contribute to enhance the comprehensive boom witness by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi under its wise leadership.
Mr. Ali Fahed Al Nuaimi stated that Abu Dhabi Business Center managed to make a link with 15 governmental entities: the Chamber of Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport, The Center of Waste Management, Department of Civil Defense, Supreme Petroleum Council, Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Service Company, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Al-Ain Municipality, Western Region Municipality, Environmental Health & Safety, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the three said authorities.