Qatar is keen to encourage the shift to digital transformation in commercial transactions, according to experts participating in a webinar hosted by the Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (Qicca), in co-operation with the Qatar University.
During the video conference, which carried the theme ‘Digital Transformation in the light of Covid-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Solutions, Qicca reviewed many challenges facing digital transformation in the time of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The webinar reviewed challenges related to the electronic writing and the position of the Qatari legislator, which approved the authenticity of electronic records and electronic signature in the transactions and Electronic Commerce Law issued in 2010.
The participants called for the necessity of expanding the scope of electronic signature in the provisions of law and stressed the importance of increasing private sector investment in e-signature delivery services.
They also lauded the encouragement of the Qatari legislator to expand the digital transformation in commercial transactions through the presence of a number of legislation that support digital applications using modern technological means in civil and commercial trials.
Addressing the webinar, Qicca board member for International Relations Sheikh Dr Thani bin Ali al-Thani said Qatar has adopted a policy of digital transformation in many vital areas, especially by forming the e-Government’s steering committee and implementing its policies.
He noted that the digital transformation has become an indispensable necessity for the coming years, affirming that it at the same time pose many legal challenges that need to solved through innovative legislative solutions to keep pace with the technical revolution in information technology.
On his part, Dr Tarek Gomaa Rashid reviewed challenges related to the electronic writing and the position of the Qatari legislator, which approved the authenticity of electronic records and electronic signature in the transactions and Electronic Commerce Law issued in 2010.
Dr. Nesrine Mahasna outlined the challenges related to transformation in electronic signature.
She recommended that electronic signature should be expanded in the provisions of law and stressed the importance of increasing private sector investment in e-signature delivery services.
For his part, Dr. Sami Al-Rawashda reviewed the British and Jordanian experience in the digital transformation from traditional trials to electronic criminal trials and its associated challenge in terms of verifying the adequacy of the guarantees established for the accused and his lawyer during the trial, which does not prejudice the accused’s basic rights and guarantees.
Underlining the issue of cybercrimes, Dr. Ahmed Samir Hassanein said that the volume of cybercrime has reached according to many studies about $ 1.4 trillion, and that there are about 300,000 cybercrimes committed annually.
He stressed the importance of enhancing international cooperation in the field of legislation to combat and eliminate cybercrimes.