A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Department of the Registrar of Companies and the Department of Labour to share information between the two Departments for the establishment of web based Single Window for business registration. D. N. R. Siriwardena, Registrar General of Companies and R. P. A. Wimalaweera, Commissioner General of Labour signed the MoU.
It is expected that to launch the Single Window for business registration starting from April 2018. Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) will facilitate the establishment of an integrated system connecting Department of the Registrar of Companies, Department of Labour and the Department of Inland Revenue.
This web based Single Window for business registration provides the applicant to obtain business registration number, EPF number and the TIN number by filling a single application online. It will reduce the time taken to register a business currently from six days to one day.
The Single Window for business registration is a reform implemented under the Starting a Business Task Force which is appointed to implement Investment Climate Reforms of Sri Lanka to improve business registration of companies. The main objective of the Investment Climate Reforms program is to improve the Ease of Doing Business and thereby to the Doing Business Index of Sri Lanka.
The Ministry of Development Strategies & International Trade is coordinating the overall Investment Climate Reforms program with eight Task Forces including the Starting a Business Task Force.