2 September 2014

Mozambique Improves the Issuance of Business Licenses

press release

The President of the Republic of Mozambique, Armando Emilio Guebuza, has launched the Integrated Platform for Services to Citizens.

The Integrated Platform, also known as the e-BAÚ Platform, now makes it easier for enterprises in the industrial, commercial, and tourism sectors to obtain their business licences quickly.

The Platform has simplified the process of obtaining a license by linking existing One-Stop-Shops across the country with provincial and ministerial decision making bodies responsible for approving those licenses. The Platform has also helped to reduce the number of procedures required to process a business licence making the issuance of business licenses a faster, and simpler process for enterprise owner.

For example, enterprises wishing to obtain an industrial business licence will now go through 2 procedures instead of 5 and should be able to receive their license in 10 days, instead of the previous 36 days. Those wishing to get a tourism license will go through only 4 procedures, instead of the previous 9 and will obtain their license in 17 days instead of the previous 45 days.

In the future, the e-BAÚ Platform is expected to include a Citizen Portal where Citizens will be able to process birth certificates, education certificates, social security, and Government services. Other business licenses and services will also be added to the Platform, including services related to construction, fisheries, transport, mineral resources, and land use.

The e-BAÚ Platform is part of the Mozambique Government’s efforts to improve the business environment and provide better services to its Citizens. These improvements are being conducted through the systematic reforming and modernizing of the Public Administration Sector, and employ e-Government solutions for greater efficiency.

Funded by The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) and the Government of Mozambique, the e-BAÚ Platform has currently been rolled out to seven provinces, including Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Tete, Nampula and Cabo Delgado. It will be rolled out to the rest of the provinces during phase two of its implementation.

Speaking about the launch, William Asiko, the ICF CEO said:
‘ICF is pleased to be part of this important initiative that is helping to make Mozambique a better place to do business. We believe the contribution being made through the Integrated Platform is not only transformative, but of great benefit to the private sector in Mozambique and, ultimately to the wider Mozambican economy.’

About the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF)

The Investment Climate Facility for Africa is a pan-African development organization that works with the public and private sector with the aim of reducing barriers to doing business. ICF works with businesses and African governments to create a conducive legal, regulatory and administrative environment for businesses, both big and small, to invest and grow. ICF believes that an improved investment climate is critical for job creation, income growth and poverty reduction across the continent. Apart from business licensing, ICF also provides support in the areas of commercial justice, property rights and contract enforcement, business registration, financial markets, infrastructure facilitation, customs and taxation. ICF is supported by development partners and the private sector. For more information on ICF, please visit www.icfafrica.org

Media contact:

Eunice Urio
Communication Manager
Investment Climate Facility for Africa
Tel: 255 22 212 9211
Email: eurio@icfafrica.org

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