21 November 2014 TONGAN The Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour, with the support of the Asian Development Bank and NZ Companies Office, is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new online registry system for the registration of companies, business licence and registration of business names.
This new system will provide customers: i) with the opportunity to lodge application documents online, and; ii) the ability to carry out searches of the online registry 24 hrs a day and 7 days a week. The current system of lodging paper application however will still be available.
Tonga will be the first country in the Pacific to provide an electronic database for the above business registries. The new system is scheduled to be launched and subsequently be made available to the public on December 2nd, 2014.
To ensure successful transition from the current to the new system, the Ministry will not accept any application or request for amendments between Friday 21November and 1of December, 2014, for the registration of companies, business license and registration of business names. Commencing on the 24th November 2014, the new forms for the online system will be available on the new website, www.businessregistries.gov.to. Also available will be the fee schedule for the new service which will outline lower fees for certain online transactions as an effort to encourage online filing.
The migration from the current to the new online registry system will only necessitate registration of current owners of registered business names within three months of the 1December 2014. This process of re-registration for business names is free.
Additional information about the new online system can be found on the Ministry website, www.companies.gov.to OR contact:
Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour