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1. Service Description

Copyright

It means the exclusive right that the creator or owner of a work has to exploit the work for a limited time. Copyright is protected under the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act (CAP 68:02) What are examples of Copyright works?

 • Copyright includes literary and artistic works, such as novels, poems, play, film, musical works, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, computer software and architectural designs.

2. How do I obtain the service?

 Visit one of the Offices of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property in Gaborone or Francistown.

3. Is copyright registered?

No, Copyright exists upon creation of a work and the creator need not register to enjoy copyright protection. The mere fact of creation automatically qualifies a work as copyrightable.

 • Who owns copyright? The original creator of a work owns the rights to use, reproduce, authorize or prohibit the use of their creation.

 • Anti-Piracy The use of the security device (Hologram) The Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02, requires that all sound and audiovisual recordings made available to the public by sale, rental, lending or distribution in any other manner to the public for commercial purpose in Botswana should have a security device or hologram affixed to them. The main benefit derived from the use of the hologram is to authenticate audiovisuals works so that law enforcers, the public and users can distinguish it from pirated works as a way of curbing piracy in the market.

4. How much does the service cost?

The security device (hologram) is sold for P0.30 at ROCIP either in Gaborone or Francistown. Who can purchase the security device? The following can purchase the security device:

• The owner of the work /producer

 • The importer

5. How do I get more information?

For more information contact our offices in Gaborone at Plot 181, P. O Box 102, Kgale Mews or call 3673700/3188754 and Francistown at Plot 14201, Block 8, P. O. Box 2301, Tel: 2412339.or visit the website for Ministry of Trade and Industry at www.mti.gov.bw.

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1. Service Description

Copyright

It means the exclusive right that the creator or owner of a work has to exploit the work for a limited time. Copyright is protected under the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act (CAP 68:02) What are examples of Copyright works?

 • Copyright includes literary and artistic works, such as novels, poems, play, film, musical works, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, computer software and architectural designs.

2. How do I obtain the service?

 Visit one of the Offices of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property in Gaborone or Francistown.

3. Is copyright registered?

No, Copyright exists upon creation of a work and the creator need not register to enjoy copyright protection. The mere fact of creation automatically qualifies a work as copyrightable.

 • Who owns copyright? The original creator of a work owns the rights to use, reproduce, authorize or prohibit the use of their creation.

 • Anti-Piracy The use of the security device (Hologram) The Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02, requires that all sound and audiovisual recordings made available to the public by sale, rental, lending or distribution in any other manner to the public for commercial purpose in Botswana should have a security device or hologram affixed to them. The main benefit derived from the use of the hologram is to authenticate audiovisuals works so that law enforcers, the public and users can distinguish it from pirated works as a way of curbing piracy in the market.

4. How much does the service cost?

The security device (hologram) is sold for P0.30 at ROCIP either in Gaborone or Francistown. Who can purchase the security device? The following can purchase the security device:

• The owner of the work /producer

 • The importer

5. How do I get more information?

For more information contact our offices in Gaborone at Plot 181, P. O Box 102, Kgale Mews or call 3673700/3188754 and Francistown at Plot 14201, Block 8, P. O. Box 2301, Tel: 2412339.or visit the website for Ministry of Trade and Industry at www.mti.gov.bw.

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Fee: Free of charge
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BACKGROUND

The Licensing Committees have found it necessary to provide brief information for circulation to both investors and potential investors.  This information is published to guide investors in completing applications for industrial licenses.

Once an investor is ready to apply for an industrial license, he/she must fulfill conditions, in line with the Industrial Development Act 2006, Amendments and Industrial Development Regulations 2008.

According to the Industrial Development Act, all manufacturing enterprises must have industrial licenses, which are issued by the Industrial Licensing Authority (ILA) and the Regional Licensing Committees.  These licenses are valid for an indefinite period subject to compliance with the conditions upon which they are issued.

REQUIREMENTS:     As listed below:

  1. Provide business background or Executive Summary.
  2. Complete Form AIL (1), in duplicate for each company.  Application forms are available from the respective Councils country wide.
  3. Provide certified copies of the Certificate of Incorporation for the company, to indicate that the company is registered in Botswana and share certificates.  Registration of all companies is done at the Registrar of Companies, P. O. Box 102, Gaborone, Telephone No. 367 3700;
  4. Provide a detailed description of the production process to indicate how each product will be produced, as requested on the  “Additional Information” Sheet, then answer all questions as listed that are intended to address the environmental issues.
  5. Provide an Environmental Impact Assessment Report/ Statement, the guidance of which can be obtained from Director —Department of Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism, Old Lobatse Road, Travaglini House, Phone 3902050.
  6. A  Health inspection report should be submitted.
  7. Submit a report from Physical Planning Officer, confirming the zoning of the place of operation. 
  8. Provide lease agreement between the Lessor and the Lessee/letter from the landlord showing his/her intention to lease out the plot;
  9. Work and residence permits should be submitted for foreign shareholders/directors or Managing Directors.
  10. Copies of identity cards for citizen shareholders.
  11. Finally, remit the sum of P50.00 with your application forms, for              administrative purposes. 

NB:  All licensing committee meetings will be held weekly, and it is advisable that all applicants file their applications well in advance for the secretariat to appraise and include them in the agenda.

GUIDELINES FOR PAYING ANNUAL FEES

  • Completion of form AIL 1 in duplicate
  • Health inspection report
  • Proof of last payment
  • Copy of licence
  • Financial statements


GUIDELINES FOR ISSUANCE OF REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

  • Certificate of incorporation/ Business name
  • Copy of identity card
  • Share certificate (for companies)

NB: In exceptional cases prevailing laws and regulations shall apply.

 

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Download PDF copy of the Company Registration Form

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Notice of cessation of business name

1.Service description

Notice is given that the business registered under the Registration of Business Name Act and carried on under the business name in use has ceased to operate. The Registrar will enter into the register remarks to indicate that the business has ceased to operate.

2. How do I obtain the service

 Visit one of the offices in Gaborone or Francistown

3. How do I apply for the service?

 The customer completes RBN/5 which is available at the Office of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property either in one of the offices.

 4. How much does the service cost?

 Upon completion of the RBN/5, the applicant pays P50.00 for the service.

 5. How do I get more information?

 For more information contact our offices in Gaborone at Plot 181, Kgale Mews, P.O Box 102, Gaborone or call 3673700 or Francistown office at Plot 14201, Block 8, P.O. Box 2301,Tel: 2412339 or visit the website for Ministry of Trade and Industry at www.mti.gov.bw.

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Notice of change

1. Service description

Notice of change in the particulars is received for action and certificate is issued according to the changes. Examples can be change of ownership of the business name, change of address (both physical and postal) and change of name of the business.

2. How do I obtain the service?

Visit one of the offices in Gaborone or Francistown

3. How do I apply for the service?

The customer completes RBN/3 which is available at the Office of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property either in one of the offices.

4. How much does the service cost?

Upon completion of the RBN/3, the applicant pays P50.00 for the service.

5. How do I get more information?

For more information contact our offices in Gaborone at Plot 181, Kgale Mews, P.O Box 102, Gaborone or call 3673700 or Francistown office at Plot 14201, Block 8, P.O. Box 2301,Tel: 2412339 or visit the website for Ministry of Trade and Industry at www.mti.gov.bw.

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Statement of particulars

1. Service description 

After being given a business name, the applicant will apply for registration of business name by filling in an RBN/2 form. The turnaround time is 5 working days after which the Registrar will issue certificate of registration for the business name.

2. How do I obtain the service?

 Visit one of the offices in Gaborone or Francistown

3. How do I apply for the service?

The customer completes RBN/2 which is available at the Office of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property either in one of the offices.

4. How much does the service cost?

Upon completion of the RBN/2, the applicant pays P150.00 for the service.

5. How do I apply for the service?

The customer completes RBN/2 which is available at the Office of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property either in one of the offices.

6. How do I get more information?

For more information contact our offices in Gaborone at Plot 181, Kgale Mews, P.O Box 102, Gaborone or call 3673700 or Francistown office at Plot 14201, Block 8, P.O. Box 2301,Tel: 2412339 or visit the website for Ministry of Trade and Industry at www.mti.gov.bw.

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