In line with its efforts to adopt digital solutions, and to develop processes to collect national debt in accordance with international best practices, the Ministry of Finance announced the launch of the collection of revenue and public funds system. The system is based on the provisions of Federal Decree No. (15) of 2018 on the collection of revenues and public fund, and Ministerial Resolution to establish a relevant organisational unit.
His Excellency Younis Haji Al Khoori, Undersecretary of MoF, pointed out that the launch of the collection of revenue and public funds system is a step towards automating government financial work in accordance with the highest global standards. He noted that the system lays out the framework that guarantees the rights of government entities and supports the federal revenue management governance in accordance with the procedures and laws of the federal government.
H.E. said: “The Ministry of Finance strives to use digital solutions that raise business efficiency and reduce potential human errors. The aim is to improve the collection of government revenue in line with the UAE Vision 2021. It also adheres to the highest standards of governance as we employ these digital solutions at the federal level.”
The collection of revenue and public funds system is automated, and provides innovative processes to count and collect national debts, as stipulated in Article No. 3 of the provisions of Federal Decree Law No. (15) of 2018. The latter clarifies the details of revenue and public funds in accordance with the provisions of the decree, and includes: taxes, fees and royalties imposed by a federal law within the jurisdiction of the state in legislation and implementation. Furthermore, it includes the fees and wages that the state collects for the services it provides, administrative fines, compensation awarded, the returns of the nation’s investments and the sum due in return for the sale, lease or ownership of public funds, or the use thereof. The loans granted to workers, individuals, private or public entities, as well as any other funds provided by private laws for their collection, are also covered.
According to the new system, the designated Ministry of Finance team will manage the creditor bodies’ files submitted through the system, check the files and ensure that all relevant documents are in order. In the event that the debtor’s file is transferred to the courts via the electronic debt system, collection by the courts via the bank account will be made exclusively through bank transfers. As for the settlement within the organisational unit, it will be done electronically, as part of the ministry’s commitment to fully automate procedures to reach 100% digitisation.