The Office of the Registrar General (ORG) was established in 2008 to continue the functions of the Rwanda Commercial Registration Agency.
I. What are the main Responsibilities of the ORG?
The Office of the Registrar General is tasked with facilitating investment through developing and maintaining a world class efficient business register and promoting a business friendly regulatory framework. In particular the Office of the Registrar General has the responsibility to initiate, implement and follow up the activities relating to registering and striking from the register; businesses, secured transactions and intellectual property rights.
The Office of Registrar General has the following responsibilities:
- Implement and develop the laws relating to companies, secured transactions, commercial recovery and settling of issues arising from insolvency
- Monitor and supervise activities relating to commercial recovery and settling of issues arising from insolvency,
- Maintaining registers, data and all records of the Office of the Registrar General,
- Publicizing all information relating to business registration;
- Examining, on a regular basis the laws that need to be implemented by the Office of the Registrar General to determine areas for review and development;
- Designing training, information and sensitization programs for economic operators on regulations that govern them as provided for by the commercial laws;
- Daily management of Intellectual Property rights.
II. What are the main laws implemented by the Office of the Registrar General?
- The Company Act 2018.
- The Mortgage Law (Law No 10/2009 of 14/05/2009 on mortgage)
- Security Interests in Movable Property Law (Law No 11/2009 of 14/05/2009 on security interests in movable property)
- Insolvency law (29th April 2018)
- Intellectual Property Law,
- Negotiable Instruments Law.
III.What Services does the Office of the Registrar General provide?
Some of the services offered by ORG are the following:
- Registration of Individual Enterprises,
- Registration of Companies,
- Registration of additional business activities,
- De-registration of individual enterprises and companies,
- Issuing certificates of non-bankruptcy to traders and companies,
- Registration, administration and transferring security interests on movable and immovable property,
- Registration and protection of intellectual property rights
Services related to business registration are delivered within 6 hours when the application complies with the requirements, services related to secured transaction are delivered within 24 hours when the application complies with the requirements and the service of Intellectual property are delivered as follows:
Patent: 12 Months (minimun period)
Utility Model: 12 months (maximum period)
Trade Mark: 3 months
Industrial Design: 6 months
Copyright: 1 week
IV. What are the advantages of being registered?
Registration of business activities, secured transactions and Intellectual Property rights is mandatory for all Rwandans and foreigners intending to do or already doing business in Rwanda.
Registration spells many benefits, for instance, ensuring that your business benefits from the protections provided for by the business laws, such as limited liability; gaining access to credit from financial institutions; protecting the owners of intellectual property from unauthorised use of their creations, etc.
It is important for the development of our country to register your business because this will enable the transition of our economy from predominantly informal to formal. Further, it inspires trust in your customers because it is proof that you are an approved trader.