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RGD pilots ‘one stop shop’ business registration project

Feb. 6, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will from the 12th of February, 2018 pilot its one-stop shop business registration.

By this, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) will have operational offices situated at the RGD to quicken business registration processes.

This is aimed at integrating all relevant business registration agencies at a single location to quicken the pace required in starting a business.

“We are piloting effective next Monday. We will be piloting it at the Accra Office. You know that when you move from our place, the process is truncated and it is time wasting. So government, as part of the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ decided that the Ministry of Trade should facilitate the setting up of the one-stop shop to improve, and to make the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ very convenient for everybody,” Public Relations Officer at the Registrar General’s Department, Constance Adoma Takyi told Citi Business News.

The exercise also forms part of government’s aim at improving the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ report in Ghana.

Madam Takyi explained that, the pilot phase of the project will help the RGD address all challenges before it fully commences project.

“We want to do with the offline first, so that we can address all the challenges that may come up and then roll out the full implementation thereafter. So from next Monday, whatever form that will be given to people, they will have the Tax Identification Number (TIN) form, the SSNIT form and then the Registrar General’s form”, she assured.

She stated that the department is working to add all relevant state agencies to the department to make the exercise less cumbersome.

“A.M.A has not fully set up yet but then they are likely to join us before the three months piloting ends. So we know all the challenges that will arise will be solved, so the full implementation will begin”.