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Inniss: Online service will be superior in Caribbean

Within a year’s time, Barbados will have an e-registry that will be superior to any found elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Minister of International Business, Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss
Minister of International Business, Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss

Minister of International Business, Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss gave the business community this assurance today while moving the Second Reading of the Corporate (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2014 and the Second Reading of the Electronic Filing Bill, 2014 in the House of Assembly.

“I am now happy to say that the majority of the documents that come to Corporate Affairs are now in the electronic format which will make it a little easier to access,” he said.

“ . . . We have made a commitment that we will become an e-registry. We are now ensuring that the records are stored electronically. The next step is to make it accessible with full accessibility to the public . . . Whilst we may have the hardware and software in place, we still have to put the legislation in place and that is why we are here today discussing the Electronic Filing Bill, 2014.”

Inniss reported that training the staff at Corporate Affairs had progressed well and “that it is very much completed”.

“I am advised that by January 2015 we should have a couple of law firms on board doing their transactions electronically. Then, by the second quarter of next year we will be able to roll out the service to everyone. It is a work in progress, but within a year’s time maximum, Barbados will really have an e-registry that will be superior to any found elsewhere in the Caribbean.”

Inniss stressed that in introducing an e-registry, the Government was seeking to eliminate the frustration of businessmen having to stand in line to file documents.

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