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URSB gets mobile registration van

By Edward Kayiwa

Added 2nd February 2017 05:25 AM

The van, according to officials will be used for on spot registration across the country, especially in the far to reach areas.

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Nabatanzi Miriam (right) Senior Registration Officer, Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB); Maria Nyangoma(centre) Senior Registration Officer Intellectual Property, and Provia Nangobi (left), Senior PRO, during the Media Sensitisation Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights(File photo)

The van, according to officials will be used for on spot registration across the country, especially in the far to reach areas.

In order to fulfill its mandate of registering companies, business documents, civil documents and intellectual properties, the Justice and law Society (JLOS) has donated a mobile registration van to the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB).

The van, according to officials will be used for on spot registration across the country, especially in the far to reach areas.

“As long as the business is legal, URSB has the mandate to register it and that is what the van will help us to fulfill, especially in areas that cannot be easily reached,” said the URSB registrar general, Bemanya Twebaze, while receiving the van at their offices in Kampala.

He said the van will help the official registrar in accessing informal businesses that normally operate at the LC level, to sensitise them about the benefits of formalization and register also them.

“We are working together with KCCA, the local government including LCs and URA to identify all kinds of businesses including local bars so that we register them,” he said

According to the bureau, more than 550,000 business entities were registered in the last four years, in all its seven regional offices under the World Bank’s Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CEDEP) project.

“This is a remarkable improvement from two years ago, when everything was disorganized and looking for a document took weeks. Now, it takes just a day to secure a business name, and we are committed to doing better,” Twebaze said

Bemanya revealed that their partnership with KCCA and URA in the Kampala has been most effective, with approximately 290 businesses registered every week.

 

“It is this kind of success that we want to replicate upcountry, to help our businessmen cease opportunities that accrue from formalization and grow,” he said.

 

He said the incredible turn around in business registration has pushed figures from the initial 500,000 registered businesses in March 2016 to more than 790,000 businesses.

 

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