From 2018, companies that default in the renewal of their company registration certificates will be made to pay an amount of six hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢600).


Currently, the amount being charged for company registration renewal is GH¢ 300 per day after default but the Registrar-General’s Department (RGD) will be taking a double of that from  next year in order to make business entities more cautious about their renewal date as well as generate revenue for the department.


The Chief State Attorney, RGD, Nana Ama Akyiaa Prempeh, disclosed this at a media workshop in Accra, yesterday.


The workshop aimed to train journalists on the  eCertificate and paperless system, in order for them be able to help educate the general public on the processes involved in registering online, using the paperless system.


It also formed part of activities to ensure that RGD‘s paperless system becomes a household tool, making it easier for all Ghanaians to use.


She said the paperless system would enhance operations in business registration, marriage registration, estate administration and payments, and would relieve clients of having to pay more than the required fee to middle men for a small deed done.


“The paperless system is to resolve the issue of fake certificates as there has been situations where middlemen issue certificates that did not exist on the RGD system and overcharged them for the assistance they give,” she emphasized.


The Chief State Attorney explained that under the new system, activities of RGD had been enhanced as the electronic registration enabled clients obtain an electronic certificate which was valid for use in all business transaction without having to enter the offices of the RGD.


The Head of Information Technology (IT), RGD, Mrs Doris Ameyaw, who took the media through the process involved in the registration, said there were three modules in the registration and that all one needed  was to log on to  either of the following address—www.rgd.gov.gh  or  www.rgdeservices.com .


Mrs Ameyaw said there were three levels of user access on the RGD portal and that to register a business, the individual or the party involved should be a portal user with a Tax Identification Number (TIN), email and a birth certificate.


She added that businesses that were registered online would commence within 14 days of registration and renew their registration after a year.


She urged all Ghanaians to access the platform and use the electronic registration to help improve the operations of RGD, devoid of all loopholes, so that clients could get access to all they wanted at the comfort of their homes without any stress.


Source: ISD (Doris Sodjah & Chantal Aidoo)