Rosanne Bell Appointed President of the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF)

Rosanne Bell

Rosanne Bell, Senior Executive Leader, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, has been appointed as the President of the Corporate Registers Forum.  Rosanne replaces Tim Moss CBE who will be leaving his role as the Chief Executive and Registrar of Companies for the United Kingdom at the end of the month.

Rosanne will hold the position of President until the Annual General Meeting in 2018.

Rosanne Bell is the Senior Executive Leader of Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s registry business. Rosanne has over 20 years of regulatory experience in a variety of roles in Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Rosanne is responsible for providing efficient and accessible registration services with a strong focus on cutting red tape for small businesses. ASIC has over 4 million registered entities on over 30 registers. Rosanne has led the implementation of several Government policy reforms impacting the registry including the new national Business Names register in 2012. Most recently Rosanne has led the ASIC registry’s involvement in a Government tender process that considered the privatisation of the ASIC registry.

Rosanne has a long association with the CRF and has held roles on the Executive Committee for many years, she was involved in hosting the CRF in Australia in 2005.

The International Business Registers Report 2016 has been issued.

The presidents of the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF), European Commerce Registers Forum (ECRF), International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) and the Association of Registrars of Latin America and the Caribbean (ASORLAC) are delighted to release the 2016 International Business Registers Report.

Thanks to the working group for their excellent efforts in producing this excellent resource for business registries and those interested in the work of these registers.

A copy of the report may be downloaded here - 2016 International Business Registers Report

2015 International Business Registers Report – Now available online

The 2015 report is available here 2015 International Business Registers Report

The International Business Registers Report is the most comprehensive benchmarking tool for business registers internationally.

A record number of jurisdictions from across the globe contributed to this years survey.

The report brings together jurisdictions who are members of the Corporate Registers Forum, the European Commerce Registers Forum, the International Association of Commercial Administrators and members of ASORLAC (the Association of Registers from Latin America and the Caribbean).

The Corporate Registers Forum are grateful to the report team, lead by personnel from the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket) and an international team of experts.

The main purpose for conducting annual surveys over past years was not to rank the business registration authorities and/or jurisdictions based on their performances, but to analyze different business registration systems and procedures, facilitating the business registration authorities to compare their own practices and performances with those of other organisations.

The surveys and reports have been structured around six major topics:

  • legal and institutional settings of organisations responsible for business registration;
  • registration process;
  • use of e-services by business registries;
  • funding and fees; and
  • business dynamics/trends resulting from registration; and
  • the Information in the Business registers.

Participation in the survey is open to all business registration authorities in the world.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Monica Grahn
Head of Unit, Business Intelligence
Swedish Companies Registrations Office (Bolagsverket)

Fourth Pacific Islands Registry Workshop in Sydney, Australia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and New Zealand Companies Office (NZCO) co-hosted the 4th Pacific Registries Workshop in Sydney Australia on the 3rd and 4th March 2015.

The workshop was attended by a number of CRF member jurisdictions including Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu and New Zealand.

The workshop was moderated by advisors from the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI). The PSDI has been helping Pacific island governments improve their business climates through company law reforms and online business registries, in partnership with NZCO.

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