Business registration now online

The application of modern communication technology has enhanced business registration as applicants are no longer required to visit the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA) offices in Dar es Salaam.

The new development was announced by the agency’s Deputy Registrar Andrew Mkapa, when talking to journalists at the Maelezo Auditorium in Dar es Salaam. 

In the first place, he said applicants could go online into the BRELA website to search whether the business he or she wants to set up is registered or not, he said.

Application forms for business registration are available in the website. The applicants can also refer to the Memorandum and Articles of Association to craft constitutions of their would-be companies, he further said.

He said BRELA and the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) have worked out modalities to ensure smooth implementation of the strategy. He said that for upcountry businesspersons they are expected to submit their applications to TCCIA offices which would in turn send them to BRELA headquarters.

Mr Mkapa said that to register a company’s name an applicant would have to part away with 6,000/- while TCCIA would charge 2,000/- or each business name. Company registration fees, he said, would depend on the capital that a customer had written on his/her firm’s constitution.

For a businessperson to register a company, he or she would require a registration fee starting from 50,000/ to 300,000/- for a capital of 30m/- He said BRELA and TCCIA will charge the applicant a minimal fee of 5,000/- for every company registered as administrative costs.

The whole process would be conducted through the modern technology. He said under initiative registration of companies would be facilitated without long queues and payment could be done through bank account. “Several banks would be involved in providing services to businesspersons to avoid queues,” he said.

Mr Mkapa said CRDB Bank Ltd and NMB would begin rendering such services beginning Monday next week. At a later stage, mobile money transfers would be introduced to ensure the success of the programme.
Source: The Daily News, reported by Margreth Itala from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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