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CIPA to launch online business registration system

Publishing Date : 16 April, 2018


Botswana through Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) is expected to launch the widely anticipated online business registration system (OBRS) towards the end of this year.

This comes as the country reaps the benefits of being a member of the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF). CIPA also announced this week is that Botswana will host the 2018 Corporate Registers Forum at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) between 21st – 25th May.

The Corporate Registers Forum is an international body consisting of corporate registries (company registration organisations) from around the globe. Its role is to allow member organisations to share experiences and information on the present and future operations of corporate business registration systems.  Currently, the CRF has over 60 member- countries, with Botswana being represented by CIPA. Organizations that provide services to corporate registries, including Information Technology organizations also form part of the CRF community.

Other stakeholders of the CRF include the European Corporate Registers Forum (ECRF), the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA), as well as the World Bank. The theme for this year’s conference is Corporate Registries, A Critical Vehicle for Global Economic Growth.” The conference will therefore debate on and seek implementable solutions on how corporate registries can play a more effective role in advancing their respective economies.

Some of the topics to be deliberated on during the conference include: How Corporate registries can better contribute to the ease of doing business in their respective jurisdictions, investor protection and fair competition and collaborations, one-stop platforms and service delivery. CIPA is mandated to register businesses and protect intellectual property rights through the administration of four (4) pieces of legislation namely;

The Companies Act, (CAP 42:01), provides for the incorporation of companies; registration of post incorporation returns and notices; monitoring of post incorporation returns and reservation of company names. CIPA is now a parastatal body with Government under the parent Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The Authority is headed by the Registrar General who oversees the operations of all divisions of the Authority and ensures that it achieves the mandate for which it was set up. Botswana is represented by CIPA at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), as well as the Corporate Registers Forum.       



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