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Registrar General Builds Consolidated Platform To Link GRA, NHIS, SSNIT, DVLA, MMDAs Together

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” The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) of Ghana is piloting a system that has linked the database of GRA, DVLA, SSNIT, MMDAs, etc onto a unified platform. “

This is to ensure that businesses that register to operate in Ghana will receive tax identification numbers (TINs) and business operating permits all at once and the same services can be provided by local assemblies to help prevent the risk of travelling to the capital to get a business registered and so forth.

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This move by the Registrar General Department is highly commendable and will be very critical in helping Ghana complete our digitization agenda being pushed by the Government.

The Registrar General Department in this project has fully integrated the systems with that of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Ghana Post, the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), etc in order to have a unified database.

The Registrar General, Mrs Jemima Oware, disclosed at the piloting project in Accra, that all 29 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies have also been linked onto this unified platform.

What the RGD Project Seeks To Achieve?

Ease of doing business

“From today, all businesses cannot be registered all over the country until their digital addresses are supplied together with other data of the business to enable us to complete the registration seamlessly,” Mrs Oware said.

She said the reform being piloted was expected to reduce the number of days it took for businesses to start operations from an average of 14 days to three.

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The aim, she explained, was to improve the ease of doing business in the country.

Ghana improved six places on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index from 120th places to 114th position among 190 countries surveyed in the report.

Prompt registration

As part of the business registration process to make Ghana an attractive business destination, Mrs Oware said sharing electronic information of businesses with the MMDAs would allow officers at the assemblies to follow up after a business had electronically paid for a business operating permit at a flat fee of GH¢50.

“With the business operating permit in place, the department will register the business and provide it with a provisional business operating permit for 90 days,” she said.

She pointed out that under the reform, the department had integrated the GRA, SSNIT and the MMDAs into its registration processes and had developed a single-fused form to be filled by businesses to serve as “one-stop-shop data fields of the RGD, the SSNIT, the GRA and the MMDAs”.

Other reforms

The Registrar General said the department would begin to generate unique TINs for businesses after they furnished the department with a national identification card by the end of March this year.

“If we are able to get a driving licence, a voter card and a Ghana Card, it will be captured into the department’s e-register database to generate instant automatic TIN and it is not going to be like in the past when the GRA officers take time to validate such national IDs,” she explained.

In my opinion, if this project is done properly we don’t need to spend over 1 billion USD budgeted for the National Identification Authority Project. We’ll employ the Registrar General Department to go a step further by including the Birth and Death Registry, National Health Insurance Authority and the National Identification Authority.

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