Kenyan State Law Office has signed a Sh14 million ($160,919) deal with telecommunication company, Safaricom, which will allow the registration of businesses through a mobile device.
The deal will provide Kenyans the opportunity to start registering businesses, conduct name searches and pay the attendant fees over their handsets, thus saving them overhead registration cost, while speeding up the legalization of businesses process, Business Daily reported.
“It has been terrible that somebody is forced to come all the way from Lodwar just to pay Sh100 in Nairobi,” said Solicitor-General Njee Muturi.
Prior to this agreement, business owners or investors had to make long trips to Kenya’s capital city and spend several hours on a queue before having to obtain an official incorporation certificate, but the attorney general of the country believes there will be a change of decorum in its service delivery process.
“We are reinventing the way we deliver services and in the next few days, the long queues that Kenyans associate us with will be no more,” said the Attorney-General, Prof Githu Muigai.
According to the World Bank, it takes an average of 10 procedures and 32 days — including 2 weeks to file the deed with the Registrar — to start a business, in sharp contrast to Rwanda, which only takes three days to fully incorporate a business.
However, with this deal, the East African country hopes to boost efficiency at the Registrar of Companies’ office, which will narrow the competitive gap with regional nations in the pursuit of international investors.