The aim of this project is to:
• Improve the Business and Investment climate in Lebanon & to improve the ranking in Starting a Business;
• Increase the community trust with the Government , and
• Put Lebanon on the road of Digital Transformation by enhancing the current Lebanon e-Government portal (DAWLATI) to become the Lebanon Government Common Portal.
This project is high priority on the Cedre Reform Agenda.
Components of the project
The Commercial Register through Interoperability Platform (CRTIP) is the first Digital Transformation project that is based on the Lebanon Government Digital Transformation Strategy. It incorporates the following main components:
1. Transform and upgrade DAWLATI portal 2013 to become the Lebanon Government Common Portal
and the platform that encompasses the majority of digital building blocks upon which all Lebanese administration applications and services will be built;
This includes :
• National Digital Identity platform (Single Sign on);
• National Interoperability platform (Whereby government share information);
• National Service Provisioning Platform (All Services catalogue) using API technology where once an e-service is built, everyone authorized can reuse;
• National Billing platform and integration with the e-Payment gateway;
• Mobile applications.
2. CR OSS – One Stop Shop for Business Registration that is being built on the DAWLATI digital platforms and includes:
• electronic transactional e-service/API for the basic transactions of the Commercial Registry;
• Introduction of a national Legal Entity Identifier (LEID) to be used by the whole public administration for the exchange and update of legal entity data;
• Data conversion and clean-up from the MOJ CR, MOF, and NSSF to a single registry of legal entity (SRLE) database;
• Integration among the different stakeholders.
One Stop Shop for Business Registration
|Expected Outcomes for DAWLATI component
• Serve as a central aggregation point for e-services in Lebanon – Using APIs – Develop once and Use always;
• Platform for Shared Services – E-billing, E-Payment and E-Signature;
• Digital Identity platform for the purpose of Single Sign-On and user authentication and Authorization;
• The official website of the government to provide all administrative information in all departments and public institutions to perform administrative transactions;
• A broker for the information exchange between various domains in Lebanon and provide cross-domain services and unify domain interoperability initiatives;
• Mobile Application, which will allow registered users to promptly get information about the status of their applications and the response of the institutions providing the service;
• Single point of contact;
• National Digital Building Blocks.
Benefits and Impact of this project
|Expected Outcomes for OSS Commercial Register (Business registration)
• Optimized, shorter and less expensive registration process with standardized flow of activities for all involved parties;
• Up-to-date, valid and trustworthy legal entity information;
• Unique cross-institutional identification of legal entities;
• Creation/upgrade of a centralized core registry system ;
• Structured and standardized data exchange related to corporate information among the stakeholders involved in the process;
• Collection of one cumulative fee for registration;
• First Domain to be built on DAWLATI.
CR is not the sole factor and creator of the business environment. The eco-system represents a complex structure made of the different agencies, bodies, institutions, regulators which in their interaction with the business community create the business environment in the country.
• Up-to-date, valid and trustworthy legal entity information as currently there is discrepancy of data in Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance and National Social Security Fund;
• Reduce contact between the customer and the administration;
• Data exchange among the stakeholders instead of asking the customer to produce the data from government and delivering it again to the administration;
• Reduce the cost on government, as the platforms being developed in this project will be used by other administration to build on it instead of re-inventing the wheel;
• Once an e-service is developed, anyone will be able to use it;
• Optimized, shorter and less expensive registration process with standardised flow of activities for all involved parties;
• Standardised classification of activities and possibilities of correct analysis and planning.
Benefits and Impact
During 2014, The International Finance Corporation (IFC) with its Consultants worked with the Lebanese government to devise a strategy and roadmap to reform the process of business registration in the country. The IFC was brought on board by the Lebanese Government in an attempt to improve Lebanon’s ranking in the “Doing Business” index. A strategy was developed with extensive collaboration and consultations with various stakeholders including Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR), the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Ministry of Economy and Trade (MoET), the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Banque Du Liban (BDL), and the Bar Association. This resulted in a One Stop Shop related to commercial registration and setting up a Single Point of Contact for the interaction of the Lebanese private sector (businesses) with the public administration for regulatory, filing and service consumption purposes.
Based of the above, the following decisions have been issued:
• PCM Decision 246/2015 in 13/11/2015 - Formation of a committee to prepare the OSS CR Interoperability project;
• Council of Ministers’ decision 67/2016 on 27/10/2016 - Approval of the CR Committee Report;
• Cooperation Agreement between the ICF and OMSAR 14/11/2019 – Addendum 10/2/2019-included the following:
o Coordinate the development and implementation of the project;
o Co-design and co-develop the terms of reference;
o Evaluate and review project results.
• PCM Decision 84/2018 in 25/6/2018 – Formation of a committee to accompany the implementation of the OSS CR Interoperability project, chaired by the Minister of OMSAR and Vice chaired by the Director General of Ministry of Justice.
Commercial Register Committee
Moreover, a cooperation agreement was signed in 2016 with the IFC to assist in this project and renewed in 2019.
A contract was signed on 1st of July, 2019 to implement the Commercial Register through Interoperable platform (CRTIP) with a price of $2,792,609.
Contract Type: Arab Fund
Type of Activity: The first major Digital Transformation Project:
Contract Value: $ 2,792,609
Achievements, Millstones, Deliverables:
• National Service Provisioning Platform development – Web Portal enhancement and extension: Deployed on staging environment
• CR – OSS FSD: Awaiting MOJ feedback
• GS eservice: Development done and deployed on staging environment
• National Interoperability: Development, testing and deployment on OMSAR staging server is done. Integration with GS e-Services is also done and tested
• National Service Provisioning Platform: Deployed on Staging and content is being uploaded
• Digital identity platform: Deployed successfully on OMSAR staging server
• Case Management: Deployed successfully on OMSAR staging server.
• MOFA e-Service: Development is in progress and achieved more than 50%
• MOA e-Service development: Development is in progress and achieved more than 50% Status: Validated and ready to be adopted