Mauritius continues to inspire other African countries
November 29, 2013
ICT, political will and a continuous reform are among the key factors in ensuring there is an enabling environment for businesses to register and license faster and at a low cost.
This was revealed by participants of the Business and Asset Registration Workshop which recently took place in Port Louis, Mauritius. Funded by the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) and the Government of Mauritius, the workshop brought together 40 participants from across Africa.
Mrs. Chinien, Mauritius Registrar of Companies point out that ICT is only an enabler and not the end result. There needs to be strong political will. Reforms need to be simplified and sustainable, additionally the adapting reforms should be a continuous process in the country’s development agenda. Involvement of end user when making drastic changes such as moving from manual to automation is also important.
During the workshop, participants also visited two projects that ICF is funding – the Mauritius Electronic Registry project and the Modernization of the Registrar of Companies project. At the Registrar of Companies (ROC), participants witnessed business lifecycle processes being done online, from business registration to closure. At the Registrar General Department participants witnessed the electronic archiving of land transactions and retrieval of information regarding title deeds. This is a result of the Electronic Registration Project.
Commenting afterwards, Louise Kanyonga, Rwanda Registrar General said:
“During the project site visits to the Office of Registrar General and the Registrar of Companies, there were a few technologies that we witnessed that we would like to incorporate back home. These include the scanning technologies, bar codes and a good reporting system.”
Mauritius is one of Africa’s most reformed countries and has taken significant steps towards easing business operations. The 2013 World Bank Doing Business Report ranks Mauritius 19th out of 189 economies in the area “starting a business”. The business registration process has been reduced from half a day to only half an hour. Its effective and efficient reforms continue to be a great inspiration for many African countries.
Participants pose for a photo.