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Sri Lanka business registrations can now be done from home

Opening a new chapter in Sri Lanka’s private sector development, incorporation of a new company is now possible from the comfort of one’s own home.

“Name reservation of companies could be obtained online. Company registrations and incorporations could be done online and there is no need for physical attendance at the Department of Registrar of Companies,” Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen told Parliament.

Minister Bathiudeen was addressing the House on regulations made by him to establish Regulations under the Public Contract Act.

The regulations were made with the concurrence of the President under Section 36 of the Public Contracts Act No. 3 of 1987.

Accordingly, fees payable (VAT excluded) on four types of contracts have been amended.

  • Rs 2,000 – for application for registration as an agent, sub-agent, representative or nominee for or on behalf of a tenderer
  • Rs 10,000 – for application for registration of a public contract
  • Rs 2,000 – for application for renewal of a registration
  • Rs 10,000 – for application for re-registration of a public contract

“It can be easily done at home if one has a computer with internet facilities. Societies registrations can be done online since January 2019. Registration of auditors too can be done online. Card payments are accepted. Overseas companies and offshore companies can be registered online,” Minister Bathiudeen added.

“In 2017 the Department of Registrar of Companies earned a revenue of about Rs 600 million and in 2018 it is Rs 664 million.”

In the World Bank’s 2019 Doing Business index, Sri Lanka has been ranked 100 among 190 countries.

The “Starting a Business Indicator” of Ease of Doing Business rankings for Sri Lanka (at 87.87 out of 100) showed the country ranked second in South Asia just after the Maldives (at 89.17).

South Asian regional average for Starting a Business Indicator is 85.44. The 2018 revenues of the Department of Registrar of Companies increased by 11 percent (from 2017) to 664 million rupees.

Courtesy – LBO

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