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Norway Registers Development AS signed a contract with National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) to design and implement an integrated One-Stop-Centre solution for investors, traders, and entrepreneurs to facilitate start of business in Uganda. The project will be implemented in 6 months and is worth USD 415 thousand.
During the project, a long-term reform plan will be created and a single digital platform that will interface with specific agencies in areas of business registration, licensing and investment in Uganda will be developed. Seven Primary Licensing agencies in accordance with their mandates are partnering to ensure efficient service delivery to the private sector.
The Integrated One-Stop-Centre solution will automate the current Uganda Investment Authority's One-Stop-Centre processes and will include a dynamic and transactional web portal. The web portal will serve as a central source of information regarding business operations and will enable investors and entrepreneurs (local and international) to apply for business registration, business licenses, tax registration, and primary permits required for doing business in Uganda.
"Uganda demonstrates ambition to facilitate foreign and domestic investments by streamlining relevant processes, reducing red tape and using ICT. Norway Registers Development brings extensive experience of high-impact organizational reforms as well as deep technological know-how to assist the country with this challenging task and develop a long-term, functional reform plan for improving the business climate", commented the managing director of NRD Rimantas Žylius.
The project involves the most significant organizations for investors are stakeholders of the project, namely Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MOLHUD).
It is expected that further reform shall integrate other agencies that register and issue Secondary licenses for doing business in Uganda to the One-Stop-Center solution.
Norway Registers Development AS (NRD AS) is development consulting, IT services and sales company, specializing in the development of national registers and other e-governance solutions. NRD brings together competences needed to promote and execute successful business environment improvement reforms in developing countries and deliver tangible results, recognizable by local and international community. NRD was established in Norway in 1995 and is a part of INVL Technology portfolio since 2011. NRD implements projects in more than 50 countries worldwide and supports business development of other INVL Technology portfolio companies in frontier markets.
National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) was established by an Act of Parliament (2009) to monitor, coordinate and promote IT in the country. Since its operationalization, NITA-U has been able to accomplish most of the organizational set up activities and deliver important initial phases of national IT infrastructure projects such as the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) and Electronic Government Infrastructure (EGI). Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies are also now hosted by NITA-U in order to create awareness about the business opportunities in the BPO sector, stimulate the sector, create employment for the youth, and generate revenues for the country.