ITIDA awards first 2 digital signature provider licenses to facilitate signature adoption

22 June 2021

Since announcing the launch of digital signatures and e-signature certificates, the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has officially awarded two companies the ability to grant licenses.

Fixed Misr and El-Delta Electronic Systems were awarded licenses to provide digital signature services, after receiving the highest scores in the overall evaluation of submitted offers, said an official ITIDA statement.

Hazem Saafan, Managing Director of El-Delta Electronic Systems, said that the company is more than ready to implement its business plans as per the schedule set by ITIDA, to guarantee the success of all aspects of the digital signature system, including management, operations, maintenance, and follow-up services.

“Fixed Misr has a proven track record in implementing a series of high-tech projects, in addition to its contribution in Egypt’s digital transformation through the implementation of Digital Egypt platform, the Electricity smart services platform, in addition to many other national DX projects,” said Mahmoud Ahmed, Managing, Director of Fixed Misr.

ITIDA’s CEO, Engineer Amr Mahfouz stated that 8 companies submitted bids, 4 of which were accepted based on technical and financial proposal evaluation separately, and 4 were turned down for not meeting at least 75 percent of work and the technical requirements.

The digital signature licenses are part of the country’s push towards a more digital Egypt, supporting digital transformation efforts and to accelerate the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s (MCIT) Digital Egypt strategy.

Additionally, the digital signature aims to link government services to the private and civil sectors, which requires the expansion of digital signature adoption across Egypt.

“ITIDA’s Board of Directors has made the decision to grant the licenses to two companies with the highest scores catering to market needs with the availability of five services providers, and according to the study ITIDA is currently doing to apply the latest digital signature technologies and in Egypt,” added Mahfouz.

He went on to explain that the duration of the license is 3 years, to start from the date of the operation permit and the issuance of the license from the Egyptian Root Certificate Authority (Root CA), subject to renewal for another similar period or periods, per the decision of ITIDA.

Last February, ITIDA had announced the new licenses would be awarded to companies to provide digital signature certificates, e-seal, and time stamp services for both individuals and businesses.

The digital signature law, issued in 2004 and upon which ITIDA was established, supports Egypt’s e-commerce industry by securing the internet as a legally viable medium for digital transactions and aims to support digital transformation in all state sectors.

The executive regulations of the digital signature law have been amended under the decision of the Minister of communications and information technology No. 361 of 2020, to accelerate Egypt’s digital transformation adoption; and the central role of digital signature in developing the efficiency of administrative work; and improving the government services, and adding to Egypt’s competitiveness globally.