Monday, 18 January 2016
PACRA LAUNCHES ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM
By MacPherson Mukuka*in Lusaka*
Government says it is determined to put in place both hard and soft infrastructure required for accelerated development.
Speaking during the launch of the Patents and Companies Registration Agency PACRA online registration system, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister MARGARET MWANAKATWE says while developing roads, power, telecommunications and other key infrastructure, government is mindful of the need to create platforms to facilitate business.
Mrs. MWANAKATWE added that government will continue with reforms necessary to create an environment for business to thrive, as well as a favourable investment climate.
She says the policy of the Patriotic Front is to level the playing field for both local and foreign business.
Meanwhile the Minister has hailed PACRA for launching an online business registration system.
She says registered businesses are an essential vehicle for commercial and industrial development adding that it is gratifying that PACRA is making business registration services available and affordable.
She says the PF government has prioritised industrialization and job creation and firmly believes that information technology is essential.
Meanwhile PACRA Chief Executive Officer ANTHONY BWEMBYA says the launch of the system is a product of government’s vision of reforming the business environment.
Mr. BWEMBYA says in 2011, the agency adopted a five year strategic plan with particular focus on modernising the registration processes and decentralisation of services.
He says the development of the online registration system has resulted in a complete overhaul and replacement of the registration system.
He has further indicated that the online registration system will allow the entire registration process to be done electronically.
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