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1. Rebate Certificate
Rebate certificate is a document that exempts non-governmental organizations (like welfare organizations registered in terms of Societies Act cap 18:01), religious or sporting or educational organizations; persons with disability, hospitals including clinics from paying customs duty on donated goods.


2.1 Where do I obtain the service?
Service is obtained at the Department of International Trade office at Plot 690, Extension 2, Gaborone, Opposite Tim’s Lock and Key;


2.2 How do I apply for the service?
Make an application in writing, either hand deliver or post to the Director, Department of International Trade, Private Bag 0073, Gaborone. Attach a copy of registration certificate from Registrar of Societies and a letter of proof from the donor indicating that they have indeed donated such goods to you. Also attach the invoice of goods being imported.
Certificate issued within a day for error free applications.


2.3. How much does the service cost?
It is free of charge.


2.4. How do I get more Information?
Department of International Trade
Plot 690, Extension 2, Gaborone,
Opposite Tim’s Lock and Keys; and adjacent to Ext 2 Magistrate’s Court

Contact No.: (+267) 3190243

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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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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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1. Service Description

 Company Name Registration

 A company is a legal entity which arises when one or more persons form a corporate body which can acquire personality separate from that of its members with some legal powers to sue, or be sued, own property and make contracts.

2. How do I obtain the service?

Visit one of the offices in Gaborone or Francistown

3. How do I apply for the service?

 Application for Reservation of company name is done by completing FORM 1 proposing three names in order of preference. The form is available from the Government Bookstores at a fee of P0.50 each or they can be downloaded from the website at www.mti.gov.bw. Applications can also be sent through postal orders at the nearest postal office. Collect name reservation after 5 working days and the reserved name shall be valid for a period of 30 working days.

4. How much does the service cost?

Application fee for Name reservation is P20.00. After receiving the confirmation for name reservation the applicant will apply for registration of a company by completing the forms stated on the confirmation letter, depending on the type of company applied for. The fee for Application for company registration is P360.00. After 5 working days certificate of Incorporation will be issued.

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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Download PDF copy of the Company Registration Form

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Service Description

Economic Diversification Drive (EDD) Initiative The EDD initiative aims to diversify the economy by developing sectors other than the primary sectors so that they contribute meaningfully to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the short term, the initiative seeks to leverage the Government’s purchasing power to enhance local production and consumption through local procurement and the application of price preference margins based on annual turnover.

Who can apply?

All manufacturers and service providers operating in Botswana are encouraged to register under the initiative.

 How do I obtain the service?

Visit the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) head offices in Gaborone at the Government Enclave, next to the Parliament Building or Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs, Department of Co-operative Development, Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), Citizen Economic Development Agency (CEDA), and District Commissioner’s offices countrywide.

How do I apply?

Complete the Economic Diversification Drive Initiative applications forms in duplicate. Forms are obtained from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (head office), website (www.mti.gov.bw) and MTI district offices as well as LEA and CEDA offices country wide.

attachments 

  • A certified copy of the certificate of registration and/ or incorporation issued by the Office of the Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property.
  • A certified copy of valid relevant licence or Registration Certificate from a competent authority
  • A certified copy of Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Most recent financial statements inclusive of a Balance Sheet, Income or Profit and Loss Account, and Cash flow. New enterprises are allowed to submit two (2) year projected financial statements provided the enterprise has been in operation for less than one (1) year.

you may apply online at here

 

How much does it cost?

The service is free.

How do I get more information?

Visit MTI, District Offices, LEA and CEDA or visit www.mti.gov.bw for more information or call  (+267) 360 1200

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1. Import Permit 

A document that allows importation of goods into the country for trading purposes, as per Control of Goods, Prices and Other Charges Act Chapter 43:08.

Note: Department of International Trade issues import permits for Non- Agricultural products only. The permit is required for all industrial products (see Schedule I of the Act) from outside Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), except from Malawi and Zimbabwe.  SACU comprises Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa. For agricultural products contact Ministry of Agriculture at 3689000.

2. Where do I obtain the service?

 Service is available at the Department of International Trade office at Plot 690, Extension 2, Gaborone, Opposite Tim’s Lock and Key; or visit any Department for Cooperative Development offices in Francistown, Ghanzi, Kanye, Letlhakane, Mahalapye, Maun, Mochudi, Molepolole, Serowe, Selibe-Phikwe, Tsabong, Kasane.

3. How do I apply for the service?

 Fill in an Import Permit Application Form. Attach a copy trading license (for registered business or company); or a copy of a hawker’s/ street vendor licence and a copy of identity document (for private traders or individuals).

 In case of importation of goods which are restricted under any other laws of Botswana e.g. arms and ammunition, applications must be accompanied by a valid permit issued under the law concerned.

 Permit issued within a day (24 hours) for error free applications.

4. How much does the service cost?

 It costs P50.00 to obtain the permit.

5. How do I get more Information?

 Department of International Trade

Plot 690, Extension 2, Gaborone,

Opposite Tim’s Lock and Keys; and adjacent to Ext 2 Magistrate’s Court

 Contact No.: (+267) 3190243

 

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1. Service Description

Industrial Designs

Designs protect the visual appearance or eye appeal of products. It covers the outward appearance of a product, including decoration, lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and materials. If you have a new shape or pattern for a product, you may be able to protect it as a design.

2. How do I obtain the service?

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

3. How do I apply for the service?

Application for an Industrial Design The customer completes FORM 5 which is available from the Office of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property and writes a letter to the Registrar attaching the form requesting the registration of a design.

4. How much does the service cost?

An application fee of P30.00 (individuals and small companies) and P60.00 (large companies) is required. Upon receipt of the application, the office checks the application to ensure that it has been filled properly (Formal examination). After formal examination the applicant will be required to pay a registration fee of P30.00 (individuals and small companies) and P60.00 (large companies). The design will be registered within 5 working days and published in the Patents and Trademarks Journal.

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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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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