The Government of Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious electronic transactions
program, recognizing that there is a tremendous opportunity to better utilize information
technology to improve the quality of care/service, lower the cost of operations,
and increase customer satisfaction. To ensure the secure, efficient transmission
and exchange of information electronically MCIT has created a National Public Key
Infrastructure as part of its mandate to develop the ICT sector in the country,
named as National Centre for Digital Certification (NCDC). NCDC is created by an
act of law and its mandate is stipulated in the Saudi e-Transaction law, articles
19 & 20. NCDC provides trust services to secure the exchange of information between
key stakeholders. Participants include government, citizens and the business sector.
NCDC has the following goals:
- Supervise the tasks relating to management of digital certificates; coordinate matters
relating to standards and specifications; prepare regulations and policies to organize
the Centre’s work; develop and promote the usage of digital certificates in the
- Define the technical specifications for the Certificates Issuance System, certificate
contents and form, electronic signature initiation process, and its documentation
- Determine the controls for issuance, sending, maintaining and cancellation of digital
- Manage the related PKI policies and procedures.
- Qualify new Certificate Services Provider’s request in the kingdom.
- Manage the relationship between the different Certification Services Providers.
- Assist in developing regulations to organize the electronic transactions and to
coordinate with the concerned authorities.