URSB contracts Chinese firm (CITAC) to build One-Stop-Centre

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

On Wednesday November 15, 2017, Uganda Registration Services Bureau and the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development project of World Bank signed a contract with the Chinese CHATIC to construct the Business Facilitation Centre. The 15MUSD project is expected to be completed in 18months.

Located in Baskerville Avenue Kololo, the building which will be the official home to URSB, shall also house other agencies like UIA, CMA, URA, KCCA, NSSF, NIRA, MoLHUD, UFZA among others; agencies which have a role they play under the Doing Business Environment in the country.

Construction of a central office for the URSB is one of the activities in the component of the CEDP funding to URSB so as to leverage office space, guarantee the security and efficacy of records, key installations especially ICT equipment and to generally support service delivery processes of the Bureau.

Other activities under the component are; establishing an e-registry for business licensing, including an appropriate technology platform and software application, establishing a one-stop shop for business registration including, a network of local and regional offices, streamlining business registration and licensing procedures (and eliminating unnecessary procedures) and developing and implementing an information, education and communications strategy.

Mr Gideon Badagawa, the Executive Director PSFU cautioned the contractors against hiking the construction price midway the project, “the cost must remain as at the signing an the 18months period must be 18months,” he said.
At the signing ceremony was Ms Sentogo & Partners, who have been contracted as the supervisors of the project. “Everyone will be waiting and the final judgment will largely be based on the supervisors and the contractors to deliver successfully on this project,” Mr Badagawa said.

The building is the final outcome of the 5year CEDP project support to URSB and the private sector in general. The Project comes to an end in March 2019.
The URSB RG commended CEPD for the status thus far but cautioned the contractors against delays, also asking them to take advantage of skilled Ugandans and have “local content.”
After the building has been occupied, it is expected that the cost of doing business shall drastically come down. Currently a lot of time (cost to business) is wasted through movements from one agency to another but the setup in the BFC shall a one interface with all agencies that offer a service in the DB.
The expectation is that Uganda’s ranking in the WBG Annual DB index reports will improve.

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