Dr. Nortey Omaboe
Accra: October 23, 2017: Ghana’s target to perform better than the 46th position on the World Bank doing business index has received a boost with roll out of the e-certificate platform on the e-Registrar portal. The roll out marks the successful implementation of the online registration of companies, as well as the authorization of operations of businesses.
Speaking at the launch of the Registrar General’s e-certificate platform in Accra, Executive Chairman of GCNet, Dr. Nortey Omaboe explained the roll out was a clear manifestation of the very best of the ideals of a Public Private partnership.
He assured that the innovative e-applications which are developed and deployed by GCNet were robust and powerful and the e-certificate launch was an example of just one of such innovations conceived, tested and fully operational.
‘We at GCNet fully vouch for the integrity of the technological solution that has been produced and we are extremely proud to be associated with its launch,’ Dr. Omaboe assured.
Dr. Omaboe said the eRegistrar platform was linked to the Total Revenue Integrated processing System (TRIPS), the domestic tax platform which integrates with the Customs platform and also the expenditure monitoring platform of the Ministry of Finance, known as the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
Dr. Omaboe observed that it was critical that all important national technology systems are fully integrated within a seamless national technology ecosystem and that GCNet was fully committed unreservedly to play a leading role in that process.
Launching the e-certificate platform on the e-Registrar portal, Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia observed the introduction signalled the culmination of hard work to reform and enhance the Registrar-General’s Department’s service delivery in line with the President’s vision to make Ghana the most business-friendly nation in Africa,” he said.
Dr Bawumia expressed optimism that once the new Company’s Act, which was currently before Parliament was passed into law, which is expected to be soon, commencement certificate would no longer be a requirement to start a business, in addition to the incorporation certificate.
“What we are witnessing today is an example of Public Private Partnership with support from development partners, such as the World Bank with the aim of re-engineering the business processes of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Registrar General’s Department,” Dr. Bawumia said.
Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Ms Gloria Akuffo cautioned all stakeholders to avoid abusing the system so as to reap its full benefits to deepen the ease of doing business. She entreated both the Registrar-General’s Department and GCNet to adhere to a rigorous and regular maintenance regime so as to gain optimum advantage from the systems.
Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Registrar-General, Mrs. Jemima Oware noted the introduction of the e-certificate platform would allow clients to have an end to end process to apply for registration of their businesses online and get their Business Registration Certificate, Incorporation and Commencement Certificates at the end of the process.
The e-certificate functions on the e-Registrar portal platform as deployed by GCNet is supported by a number of services on-line, including the e-Shop which allow company searches, reservation of company names and the booking of marriage ceremonies amongst others. This is in line with Government’s commitment to deepen technology to improve the ease of doing business in Ghana and to enhance the business competitiveness of the country.
The result is a significant uptake by Ghanaian businesses using the paperless system with data showing that by the first half of the year, over 6,855 online transactions were conducted via the Registrar-Generals Department portal.