Dubai eGovernment, Dubai’s authority in charge of civil e-payments, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Arab Emirates Central Bank to expand the scope of its ePay gateway by including more banks, the authority announced earlier this month.

The authority provides consumers with instant online and mobile-payment facilities to pay government fees. It launched the ePay gateway in 2003 as an electronic channel to provide online payment facilities to the customers of government departments. 

Dubai eGovernment wants to connect with the UAE Central Bank’s transaction switch, increasing the number of banks using the ePay gateway to 46 from four.

This deal also would enable corporate or individual customers to settle government fees through the ePay portal using ATM or prepaid cards. Customers currently may make payments for government services electronically using credit cards, e-Dirham (a mobile wallet) or direct debits from accounts in the participating banks.

The ePay method is compatible with Visa Inc.’s Verified by Visa and MasterCard’s SecureCode online-security initiatives.

More than 20 United Arab Emirates service providers use the platform for more than 200 eServices government departments offer to their users, such as bill payments and traffic-fine settlements.

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