Foster Moore International staff were delighted to participate in the 4th Pacific Registries Workshop in Sydney, Australia this week.
The workshop, a 2-day event co-hosted by the ADB and the New Zealand Companies Office (NZCO), was moderated by advisors from the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI). The PSDI has been helping Pacific island governments improve their business climates through company law reforms and online business registries, in partnership with NZCO.
Participants enjoyed first-hand updates from individual countries, supported by technical presentations covering the latest international trends in electronic payments systems, e-government, and implementation options.
Foster Moore team members Justin Hygate and Paul Rankin presented to the workshop on international trends in registry development and on the product roadmap for our Catalyst product.
Foster Moore provides Catalyst registries in the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and are in the midst of a project to deliver a Catalyst companies registry to Vanuatu.
An excellent session on the economic benefits of registry reform and the role of registries in private sector development was presented by an ADB economist.
Established in 2006, PSDI is a regional technical assistance facility cofinanced by ADB and the governments of Australia and New Zealand. PSDI works with ADB’s 14 Pacific developing member countries to improve the enabling environment for business and to support inclusive, private sector-led economic growth.
PSDI and its partners have assisted since 2007 in the implementation of electronic business registries in eight Pacific countries: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa.
NZCO is a recognized world leader in the use of information technology to enable online registries. The NZCO has a dedicated program of work to assist registry development in the Pacific and Africa.
Foster Moore is proud to support this work and to have had the opportunity to participate in the workshop once again.