The Registrar General’s Department is conducting training for Phase II of its Registered Agent Internet Module system. The sessions run from June 14-17 at the Holiday Inn Junkanoo Beach, starting at 9:00 a.m. each day.

The Department launched Phase I of the online system in January last year – allowing registered agents to incorporate international business companies and take advantage of a range of other corporate services electronically, in a secure, reliable environment. Under the system, agents licensed by the Inspectorate of Financial and Corporate Service Providers (FCSP) or under the Banks & Trust Companies Regulations Act (BTRA), with fees paid to date, are able to access the Companies Register of the Registrar General’s Department using a dedicated IP address and identifying PINs.

Phase II extends the programme to include electronic transactions for various documentation and certificates.

Last year when the online service was launched, IBM General Manager Felix Stubbs said that his company was pleased to be part of the initiative, and also touted its significance to the enhancement of The Bahamas’ e-government initiative. He said at that time it was the first application in The Bahamas where customers would be able to interact with Government on-line, and the partnership with IBM afforded leading edge technology with access to significant resources, including online help.

Sterling Quant, Registrar General, encourages agents not already participating in the system to register as soon as possible and, of course, to sign up for the upcoming training June 14-17.

Agents can register for one of the four mornings of training by calling 322-2419, 322-7267, 326-0018. Or by using the registration form attached.

Minister of Financial Services and Investments, the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, under whose portfolio registry services fall, addressed participants in an earlier Customer Service Representatives training/motivational seminar. She said, *”The Registrar General’s Department is the cog in the wheel of doing everything in The Bahamas, and our team understands the importance of this. We are determined to deliver first class service.”* At that time, the Minister foreshadowed the launch this month of Phase II of the project, which will see full online services at the Corporate Registry, followed by computerisation of the Civil Registry in Phase III.

*Photo Caption: Photo shows representatives from the RGD reviewing aspects of Phase II with Credit Suisse Trust’s Trust & Company Administrator Shantelle Ferguson (seated). Standing left to right are Sherene Cartwright, RGD Office Administrator; Wellington Smith, RGD MIS Manager; and Flora Strachan, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD.*