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Apla has created an application for issuing business licenses

Client

Government Entity in UAE

Summary

Entrepreneurs are an important driver of progress. But starting a new business is always complicated: it requires notarizing documents, opening bank accounts, paying fees and much more. In the Emirate of Ajman (UAE), registering with local federal authorities includes applying paper documents to 4 to 5 different government services. It takes up to 10 working days and requires tons of paperwork.

In April 2017, a Government Entity in UAE focused on helping businesses thrive in the economy using blockchain. Apla created a solution where every step of the licensing process can be completed digitally, at least 50% faster and easier than before. It also provides automatic data exchange between different departments and the highest level of security and transparency of all the administrative work.

Our contributions

  • Strategy
  • Process workflow research
  • User research
  • Development of ecosystem
  • Software application architecture
  • Quality assurance
  • Technical documentation
  • Third party security audit
  • Fully functional project (go live)

Background

The Government Entity in UAE is going through a powerful shift to investment diversification. A variety of new businesses have sprung up, especially in manufacturing, retail and business services. Still, a lot of the application and registration process happens offline. Applicants have to prepare thoroughly in advance to understand every step of the process which takes time and effort.

Problems

  • Paper documents are outdated and insecure
  • Centralized databases are insecure and vulnerable to hacking
  • Applying for a license takes up to 10 working days
  • The licensee has to visit up to 6 different departments
  • No cross-department digital exchange of data

All solved by one solution: Apla

Challenge

  • Create a blockchain app for the issuance of business licenses.
  • Make visiting the authorities unnecessary.
  • Get rid of huge paper registers and tons of paperwork.
  • Ensure 100% safe and transparent transactions.
  • Facilitate communication between different departments.
  • Make getting licensed much faster and easier!
Result

An application for the issuance of business licenses

Approach

Develop an ecosystem to meet the client's needs
Create registers for companies and shareholders
Make a working prototype of the application
Proof-of-concept
1,5 weeks
Validated by client

Solution

  1. Entrepreneurs are an important driver of progress. But starting a new business is always complicated: it requires notarizing documents, opening bank accounts, paying fees and much more. In the case under consideration, registering with local federal authorities includes applying paper documents to 4 to 5 different government services. It takes up to 10 working days and requires tons of paperwork.
  2. Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs checks the shareholder names.
  3. The Economic Development Department waste solutions provider and Sewerage Company define whether the property is suitable for the specified type of business.
  1. The police department checks the safety of commercial lease.
  2. The Ministry for Economic Development checks the application and decides whether the license should be issued.
  3. The applicant gets the license.

Approval ecosystem

What we achieved

Before

After

Before

All the documents are stored insecurely in the department’s paper registers.

After

Every department's solution is fixed securely in the blockchain  using the authority’s private keys.

Before

To receive data from each other, departments have to send requests and lose time.

After

All the necessary data is shared across departments automatically.

Before

No way to speed up the process when applying repeatedly.

After

Repeated applications can be faster and easier, as all the valid data is auto approved.

Before

It takes time for every department to consider the application.

After

Some decisions can be made automatically.

Before

It takes up to 10 working days to get a business license.

After

Digitizing the process saves at least 50% of time.

Before

There is no transparency between when the application is submitted and feedback is received.

After

The applicant can check  overall progress any time  and receive instant notifications.

Potential outcome

50%

faster processes

The license expenses can significantly decrease over time thanks to reduced paperwork, which helps business.

Every transaction on blockchain has legal significance, removing the need for notarized verification.

Growth in the Happy Planet Index.

All the statistics collected are highly reliable and can be used for social and economic research.

STATUS

The concept was successfully approved at the Proof-of-Concept stage

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Oasis Authority, Dubai
dubai@apla.io
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