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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Abu Dhabi Global Market is a broad-based international financial centre for local, regional and international institutions that will, for the first phase of its development, centre its activities on what it views as Abu Dhabi's inherent natural strengths of private banking, wealth management and asset management.

ADGM's three independent authorities: The Financial Services Regulator, The Registration Bureau and The Courts, ensure that a business-friendly environment operates in line with international best practice that are recognised by major financial centres across the world.

ADGM use Foster Moore's Catalyst software to deliver world-class electronic registries. Foster Moore provide registers for companies, partnerships, auditors and property to ADGM.

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Australia

Australian Tax Office

Foster Moore International Limited has been contracted by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to support the government of Australia's Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program.

Foster Moore will provide our registry aware platform, Verne,  as part of the wider MBR platform.

The MBR program aims to improve the administration of business registers and unify the Australian Business Register (ABR) and the 31 business registers held with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC).

The MBR program will help business interact with government by providing a single, trusted, reliable and easily accessible business register for Australia.

As part of the MBR program, a new Director ID will also be created. Australia will be one of a handful of jurisdictions to introduce a director identification number.

Australia - Modernising Business Registers - Who is involved?

Foster Moore and other private sector parties will work with the Treasury, ATO, ASIC, Department of Industry Innovation and Science and Digital Transformation Agency are the partner agencies for the MBR program. The ATO is the lead agency and our client.

Current business registers administered by ASIC, and the ABR will be moved over time to a modern registry platform, to be administered by the newly established Commonwealth Business Registry Service at the Australian Taxation Office.

The current registers are built on a number of different legacy systems, imposing inefficiencies and unnecessary cost burdens on registrants in meeting their obligations and on users in finding information.

The MBR program will create a single, reliable, easily accessible source of trusted business data that will:

  • be simpler for businesses and other members of the public to use.
  • be more efficient for government agencies to operate.
  • increase the economic and social value of the data.

Foster Moore personnel are delighted to be working on such a visionary program.  We have established an office in beautiful Brisbane and look forward to growing our business in Australia.

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Bermuda

Ministry of Finance, Registrar of Companies (ROC), Bermuda

Foster Moore has been contracted by the Ministry of Finance, Registrar of Companies (ROC), Bermuda for the supply of an online Companies’ Register. The project will see the delivery of sixteen registers ranging from the various forms of Companies and Partnerships administered by the Registrar of Companies to services for individual bankruptcy.

Foster Moore will deliver the project across two phases. One covering the Business Register entities and the second covering the Occupational Register entities (i.e. Real Estate Brokers and Agents).

The Registrar of Companies for Bermuda launched the new Economic Substance Register on 1 May 2020.

The register is required under the Economic Substance Amendment Act 2019.  The legislation requires a “relevant entity” conducting “relevant activity” to report and maintain economic substance.

This means that non-resident entities carrying on a relevant activity will not be subject to Bermuda economic substance requirements. They are obliged, however, to provide to the Registrar of Companies for each relevant financial period the name of the jurisdiction in which it claims to be resident for tax purposes together with sufficient evidence to support that tax residence.  This information is held on the Economic Substance Register.

The solution is based on an implementation of Foster Moore’s Catalyst Registry Manager platform.

Foster Moore are delighted to be working with the Registrar of Companies for Bermuda and look forward to delivering our world class registry application.

 

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Botswana

Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA)

Foster Moore are delivering a Catalyst business registry to the CIPA. The register will deliver a refreshed companies and business names register. There are approximately 100,000 companies and 80,000 business names on the registers. The register went live in June 2019

*Image courtesy of Joachim Huber.

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Brunei Darussalam

Ministry of Finance

The Registry of Companies and Business Names (a division of the Ministry of Finance) of Brunei Darussalam launched their new Catalyst powered registry of Companies and Business Names in July 2015.

Foster Moore partnered with Dynamik Technologies Sdn Bhd (formerly BAG Networks) to deliver our Catalyst solution to the Ministry.

Using our Catalyst Adoption Methodology (CAM) we were able to deliver the project in two defined phases.

Phase 1 was started in November 2014 and delivered in a record 5 weeks on 20th December 2014.

This first phase introduced a suite of business services which enabled customers to perform basic registry functions. Including reserving a company name, extending a company name reservation, incorporation of companies both local and foreign, searching and viewing companies and searching and viewing reserved names.

Phase 2 commenced in January and was delivered on 24 July 2015. It included the implementation of all of the remaining business services required to support the full birth-life-cease life cycle for company entities, along with the implementation of a register of Business Names.

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Cambodia

Ministry of Commerce (MOC)

Launched in January 2016 the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce delivered an online business registry for companies, sole proprietorships and partnerships. The project took seven months to deliver. A range of enhancements and additional activity is planned to assist the Cambodian business community.

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Canada

Canadian Securities Administration

Foster Moore are delighted to be working with CGI (www.cgi.com) on an initiative to replace the Canadian Securities Administrator's (CSA's) national systems. The work will result in the Canadian securities regulatory system being equipped with a modern, digital solution that will integrate workflows, support data quality and ensure faster information sharing across all of Canada's provincial and territorial securities commissions.

CGI will design, build and implement an integrated solution to replace existing systems (including SEDAR, SEDI, Cease-Trade Order Database, National Registration Database, National Registration Search and Disciplined List). The new solution will be based on Foster Moore's Catalyst product, a modern and secure software product which will deliver secure transactions, improve ease and speed of use, respond to changes across the Canadian regulatory environment and evolve to meet requirements for future data management and advanced data analytics.

This renewed system is planned to be delivered in stages over the next 3 years by a joint CSA and CGI transition team.

The project is a significant commitment for Foster Moore and will be managed from our Toronto office with support from our global teams.

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Cook Islands

Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC)

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) came into existence in the Cook Islands on 1 July 2003, replacing the former Off-shore Financial Services Commission. The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) merged with the FSC on 1 July 2012.

It is an independent body responsible for the supervision of regulated financial entities and financial services in the Cook Islands. The FSC comprises the Board, the Commissioner, the Head of the FIU and its staff, supervisory staff and the Registrar of International Companies and International Trusts. It is the licensing authority for all financial institutions being banks, insurers (including captives), money-changing and remittance businesses and trustee companies.

The FSC operates the Registry of International & Foreign Companies, Limited Liability Companies, International Trusts, International Partnerships and Foundations.

Foster Moore delivered the Financial Supervisory Commission with their Catalyst registry solution in 2012.

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Kingdom of Tonga

Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour (MCTL)

Launched in December 2014 after an 8 month project the Business Registries Office of Tonga delivers an online registry for companies, business names and business licences. The on-line registry replaced a paper-based one.

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Lesotho

Ministry of Trade and Industry Cooperatives and Marketing

Lesotho went live with their new Catalyst-based companies registry in December 2014. The project was a collaboration between the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foster Moore International Limited.

The introduction of the online registry greatly enhances the work of the One Stop Business Facilitation Centre, an initiative of the government of Lesotho to deliver fast and efficient services to businesses.

Using our Catalyst Adoption Methodology, the project took 9 months to deliver.

*Image courtesy of OCER Africa.

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Malaysia

Labuan Financial Services Authority (LFSA)

Foster Moore delivered a Catalyst registry for the LFSA that includes registers for 6 different types of company, 2 foundation types, 7 types of trusts along with registers of auditors and one for liquidators. The project was undertaken in a nine-month timeframe and went live in June 2014.

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Montana, USA

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State Information Management System (SIMS) Business Entity (BE) system allows filing and maintenance of Montana business documents online. Powered by Foster Moore's Catalyst™ Registry product SIMS BE representing the best-in class-registry technology within the United States.

The project delivers a comprehensive suite of services to the business community of Montana. Corporations, Business Names, Trademarks, Partnerships, Trusts and LLCs are all able to be formed and maintained online.

Integrated with Montana's whole-of-state login service Montana e-Pass and the State's payment portal SIMS BE is a truly connected application.

Utilizing the Catalyst Adoption Methodology™, Foster Moore™ delivered the project within a period of 17 months.

This project represents the Foster Moore's first delivery of Catalyst™ within the United States and is supported by the team based in our US office. We are working with the Montana SOS to refresh their UCC application and will deliver this with our Catalyst™ product.

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New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Foster Moore provide many registry and other technology solutions to MBIE. MBIE plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy, it develops and delivers policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth and the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

Foster Moore provides the software solution that powers the New Zealand Companies Office. The New Zealand Companies Office has a global reputation for innovative delivery of modern registry services. The registers of companies, limited partnerships, charitable trusts, incorporated societies, motor vehicle traders, financial service providers and personal property securities are all maintained and delivered using Foster Moore technology.

The Insolvency and Trustee Service of New Zealand also utilises a solution developed by Foster Moore.

www.companies.govt.nz
www.ppsr.govt.nz
www.insolvency.govt.nz

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Ontario

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) engaged Foster Moore to supply both a business registry refresh and the delivery of an online occupational register system that meets the requirements of the Security Guards and Private Investigators project (PSIS).

Foster Moore will deliver the ONBIS registry using the latest version of Foster Moore’s proprietary specialist registry software Catalyst.

The Foster Moore solution is based on an implementation of the Catalyst Registry Manager with the pre-configured Business Register (BR) template. Catalyst is a software solution that provides the base requirements of an online register in a single configurable product. By using the pre-configured Business Register templates, Foster Moore is able to quickly configure, deploy, test and deliver flexible registries, such as this new Business Registry System.

The PSIS project has delivered online registry for an Occupational Register (Security Guards and Private Investigators).

 

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Papua New Guinea

Investment Promotions Authority

The delivery of the electronic registry for PNG occurred in November 2015 after a 15 month project. The registry is a complex one and delivers registers for companies, business names, business groups, associations and foreign enterprises.

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Puerto Rico

Department of State

The Puerto Rico Department of State administration Corporation, Trademarks and UCC filings.

Foster Moore provide our Catalyst solution for the UCC system and the SystemWORKS Corporation and Trademark applications.

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Samoa

Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL)

Samoa recently refreshed their Business Registry.  The original Catalyst powered Companies Register  was launched in 2012. The refreshed site went live in February 2017 and included an  integrated Personal Property Security Register (PPSR).  The new Personal Property Security Act was passed in 2013 with support from the ADB.  Samoa are the first jurisdiction in the Pacific to operate an integrated companies and secured transactions version of Catalyst.

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Solomon Islands

Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration (MCILI)

In conjunction with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) The Solomon Islands launched with their first Catalyst register for Companies in February 2013. An upgrade to the latest version of Catalyst and the implementation of further business registers for Business Names and Foreign Investment went live in November 2016.

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United States Virgin Islands

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Foster Moore are delivering the new Business Entity, Uniform Commercial Code Liens and Trademarks Registries for the Corporations and Trademarks Division of the Office of Lieutenant Governor, Government of the United States Virgin Islands.

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the Virgin Islands sought an online system that accommodates Business Entities, Trademarks and Uniform Commercial Code filings. The scope of work document, entitled the computerization of corporations and trademarks divisions, was put to bid in August 2015. The project includes data migration from an SOSKB application and scanning and indexing conversion of all active hard copy records (business entity, trademarks and UCC) to a new database that allows for customer accessibility.

USVI Lieutenant Governor, Osbert Potter launched the first phase of the Catalyst Platform for the registration of business entities in the territory, at a press conference held in St. Thomas on Friday 31 August 2018.

Foster Moore’s Catalyst™ platform has been launched, and was described by Mr. Potter as a sophisticated program developed by a company that is known globally as “the registry people”.

Foster Moore has been working on the system since 2016, and although Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused delays, “we are able to offer full functionality to all Corporations and LLCs to e-file all corporate documents as of today, Friday August 31, 2018,” Mr. Potter said.

Two more phases of the online portal will go live later this year and early 2019, according to Mr. Potter.

“For all entity types that are not able to e-file as yet, (i.e. trade names, non-profits, trade and labor corporations, partnerships [LP, LLP, LLLP], and exempt LLCs), they must continue to submit paper documents to the Division,” Mr. Potter said. However, by mid-November 2018, all entity types will be able to file electronically using the Catalyst system,” said the lieutenant governor.

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Vanuatu

Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC)

An Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted project to implement an online registry system to replace an existing ageing electronic system. The new online register of companies, business names and charitable associations play a critical role for VFSC in delivering the objectives of faster, cheaper and more accurate business registration in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is recognized internationally as a leading reformer where it is easy to do business, where the investment climate is conducive to foreign direct investment and where a top performing business registry centre efficiently delivers an integrated suite of business services. The project was undertaken in 10 months.

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