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Botswana to get ‘Doing Business’ aid from economic giant New Zealand

Publishing Date : 10 April, 2018


Dismal performance in ‘Doing Business’ according to World Bank rankings has led Botswana to ask for currently top rated New Zealand ‘s  assistance  in helping this country on how to achieve the ease of doing business.

Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) Registrar General Paul Masena revealed today during a press briefing that his company will be assisted by the Government of New Zealand to implement the much anticipated Companies and Business Names online registry.  Masina further revealed that as CIPA are waiting for the current sitting Parliament to pass laws or proposed Bills which will accommodate the input of online registry that will come with New Zealand. Botswana is in the verge of completing legislative reforms which are aimed at ensuring the ease of doing business in Botswana improves.

Masina made these revelations when addressing the press about the Corporate Registers Forum 2018 Conference which will be hosted in Gaborone in two weeks’ time. Botswana will be the third African country to host this Conference after South Africa (2009) and Mauritius (2010). Botswana is expecting 60 member-countries who will come with more than 200 for the event that will start on 21st -25th May.

“Being a member of the Corporate Registers Forum has a number of benefits, one of which is being accorded the opportunity to benchmark and learn from international best practice with regards to efficient business registration with a view to enhancing the ease of doing business,” said Masina who will be this year’s Corporate Registers Forum Conference director.

According to Masina’s words, Botswana has found a good assistant in New Zealand, a global super-power in ‘Doing Business.’ In ‘Doing Business’ ,  New Zealand was first announced number one in October 2016 after Singapore had retained the top spot for over a decade.

Being at top position in ‘Doing Business 2018’, New Zealand has been said to also “being able to register or update company information efficiently.”  This is according to the country’s Business Integrity Services general manager Ross van der Schyff when making a comment after the release of the new results in ‘Doing Business.’ Botswana has dramatically dropped ten places down this year in ‘Doing Business’. In 2017 Botswana was number 71 in the world and in the latest ratings, this country dropped drastically to number 81.



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