GOVERNMENT has hailed the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) for introducing cost-effective measures that are aimed at encouraging people who own businesses in Zambia to be formally registered.
Meanwhile, the PACRA regional office for Luapula was yesterday officially launched in Mansa with a call by the agency on the local business community to take advantage of its decentralised services.
Commerce Minister Emmanuel Chenda said during the launch that it was gratifying to note the various interventions PACRA was pursuing in a bid to ease and reduce the cost of registering businesses in Zambia.
"The agency is complementing Government's efforts by favourably responding to the demands of the business community for easy access to cost-effective business registration services," Mr Chenda said.
PACRA board chairperson, William Nyirenda urged the business community in Luapula to support the institution's efforts by abiding by the relevant laws through, for example, the formal registration of their businesses.
"I cannot overemphasise that our country can only develop if we foster strong businesses," said Mr Nyirenda.
In his remarks, Luapula Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo expressed his administration's desire to drastically improve the province's landscape in the next three years.
Mansa becomes the fifth PACRA regional office to be opened after Chinsali, Mongu, Solwezi and Kasama in the past year.