Mozambican government launches platform to reduce waiting period for company licensing

13 June 2013

Mozambique’s Minister for Industry and Trade Monday in Maputo launched the Integrated Platform for Services to -Citizens (e-BAU), which is expected substantially to reduce waiting times for obtaining company licenses, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.

The platform, which cost US$5.3 million, was funded by the central government in partnership with the Investment Climate Facility for Africa.

In the first phase, which will last for 18 months, e-BAU will cover the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Sofala, Gaza, Inhambane, and the city of Maputo.

Taking the Tourism sector as an example, the new service will help to reduce waiting times for licenses from 45 to 17 days, and costs will be reduced from US$719 to US$288.

At the ceremony to launch the platform, Minister Armando Inroga said that the number of administrative steps needed to obtain a commercial license would fall from nine to two and the number of days would fall from 15 to 8, and that costs would fall from US$98 to US$40.

For the industrial sector, the number of procedures, time and cost, will fall from nine to two steps, from 36 days to 10 days and from US$870 to US$385, respectively. (macauhub)