The Business Regulatory Re-view Agency (BRRA) officially launched the Solwezi Regula-tory Services Centre on 6th May, 2021.

The guest of honour at the launch, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Christopher Yaluma, said the establishment of the Solwezi Regulatory Services Centre was expected to address the challenge of informality which characterises micro and small businesses along the Lobito Corridor. Further, Mr Yaluma said the experience associated with regulatory services centres was that of shortened and simplified administrative procedures as well as reduction of the time it takes to comply with various business regulatory requirements thereby removing unnecessary bureaucracy in establishing or maintaining a business. He added that the establishment of Regulatory Services Centres (RSCs) was government’s initiative aimed at improving the business environment in Zambia through provision of an efficient regulatory clearance system.

North Western Province Minister Hon. Nathaniel Mubukwanu said the Province must begin to fully utilise the centre and ensure that it delivers a prompt, efficient and transparent service to the business community. He further urged institutions that would be operating in the centre to do their best and offer services beyond people’s expectations.

BRRA Director and Chief Executive Officer Sharon Sichilongo commended Solwezi Municipal Council for providing office space for the Solwezi Regulatory Services Centre. ‘‘The Business Regulatory Review Agency enjoys a cordial relationship with Solwezi Municipal Council and the Agency looks forward to continued excellent collaboration between the two institutions well into the future,’’ she said. Mrs Sichilongo added that the establishment and operationalisation of the Solwezi Regulatory Services Centre was done with support from the Lobito Corridor Trade Facilitation Project un-der the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. ‘‘As a result of this support, the Solwezi Regulatory Services Centre is fully equipped with state-of-the art furniture and ICT equipment,’’ she said