2021 International Business Registers Survey

The 2021 International Business Registers Survey is now open.

During the 2021 European Business Registry Association (EBRA) Conference, the IBRR Working Group presented a project to innovate the International Business Registers Survey, which has been in existence since 2001. The goal was to transform it into shorter, digital surveys on specific topics to be launched twice a year.

The first digital International Business Registers Survey is now open for responses!

The survey is open to all business registers and is a joint collaboration with EBRA partner organisations, ASORLAC (Association of Registers of Latin America and the Caribbean), CRF (Corporate Registers Forum), and IACA (International Association of Commercial Administrators).

This first survey focuses on Business Registers legal settings and Business Dynamics. Thanks to the reduced number of questions, the survey is quicker to complete and will give meaningful responses with a shorter turnaround time.

The digital tool is easy to use and we are looking forward to sharing the results soon.

To access the survey follow this link https://ebra.be/international-surveys/

For more information, please contact:

Ana Del Valle or Julian Lamb
Email: survey@ebra.be

The CRF strongly encourages members to participate. It’s great to have your registries results profiled against others from around the globe.


New CRF President

The Corporate Registers Forum (CRF) announces that Rosanne Bell, CRF President, will be stepping down from the role from 1 August 2021.

Rosanne Bell – Outgoing CRF President

Rosanne Bell

Rosanne has a long association with the CRF and has held roles on the Executive Committee for many years (since 2007) prior to her appointment as CRF President in 2017. On behalf of the CRF, the CRF Executive Committee wish to thank Rosanne for the important role she has played in CRF with nearly 14 continuous years as a valued Executive Committee member and for the last 4 years as our inspirational President.

We wish Rosanne all the best in her future endeavours.


Louise Smyth
Louise Smyth – CRF President

Louise Smyth

The Executive Committee has appointed Louise Smyth (Chief Executive, Registrar of Companies, Companies House, United Kingdom) as transitional President to take over from Rosanne.

Louise Smyth will hold the position of President until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November 2021 where CRF members will be asked to vote on a replacement in accordance with the CRF’s constitution.




Global Registry Associations Memorandum of Understanding Signed

The Corporate Registers Forum (CRF) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with our partner organisations the European Business Registers Association (EBRA) and the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA).

The MOU recognises the desire of each signatory to share information and knowledge, to provide mutual assistance and participation in collaborative activities recognising the parties’ common interests in robust business registries.

A copy of the MOU is available here –  Signed MOU CRF EBRA IACA May 2021




CRF Members have participated in a study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Business Registries.

This is an international initiative in collaboration with our partner associations, the European Business Registry Association (EBRA), the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) and the Association of Registers of Latin America and the Caribbean (ASORLAC).


Click on the links below to access the individual case studies from our Members.

Kazakhstan 🇰🇿

Covid-19 Case Study Kazakhstan

Labuan 🇲🇾

Covid-19 Case Study Labuan

Myanmar 🇲🇲

Covid-19 Case Study Myanmar

North Macedonia 🇲🇰

Covid-19 Case Study North Macedonia

Singapore 🇸🇬

Covid-19 Case Study Singapore

Uganda 🇺🇬

Covid-19 Case Study Uganda

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Covid-19 Case Study United Kingdom



For the case studies of members of the European Business Registers Association click here

A copy of the original questionnaire and guidelines is also available here.





Feedback Wanted Doing Business Methodology

The World Bank Group has launched an external review of the Doing Business methodology.

The External Review Panel would like to hear from interested persons by April 16, 2021 on how to improve the Doing Business methodology, including refining existing indicators, adopting new ones, and enhancing the data gathering process.

See https://consultations.worldbank.org/consultation/seeking-feedback-doing-business-methodology



CRF Innovation Awards Virtual Ceremony

CRF award logo

The Corporate Registers Forum will be holding its inaugural CRF Innovation Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 at 0700h UTC.

The winners of the Innovation Awards will also be sharing about the innovative initiatives they have implemented to improve service delivery and operational efficiency.

Due to the current restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be held via Zoom. You may wish to download a free version at https://zoom.us/ to join the celebrations.


The programme for the ceremony is as follows:

Time (UTC) Programme



President’s Address

07:10h Awards Ceremony

Presentations by award winners


07:30h Registrar of Companies Online Registration System under the DigitalFiji Programme

Ministry of Justice, Republic of Fiji


Joint Platform for Starting Business

Central Registry of the Republic of North Macedonia (CRRM)


State Registration with Single Procedure

State Tax Service under the Ministry of Economy, Republic of Azerbaijan


Seamless Filing

Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), Republic of Singapore


Digitalisation:  A More Transparent Non-Possessory Lien Rights Register

Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Public Legal Records and Related Services (AJPES)


Digital AFS Reporting using iXBRL

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), Republic of South Africa


Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Companies House, United Kingdom

09:15h Closing


Further details of the ceremony (including how to log in) will be sent to CRF members via email.

Silhouettes of happy businessperson. Success of business concept.



January 2021 Newsletter

Here is our January 2021 edition of the CRF quarterly newsletter.

In this edition we provide a summary of the 2020 Annual General Meeting.  There is also news on the new Limited Partnership Fund introduced in Hong Kong.

For those who haven’t met our Executive Committee for 2020-2021, you can read about them here 2020 – 2021 Executive Committee.

If you have any feedback, ideas, an article or suggestions for next quarter’s newsletter please don’t hesitate to email the secretariat@corporateregistersforum.org

Download or read the newsletter here CRF Newsletter – January 2021


CRF Innovation Awards Deadline Extended

The deadline for the CRF Innovation Awards has been extended to 31 December 2020.

The CRF Innovation Awards celebrate the spirit of innovation and honours CRF jurisdictions which have successfully put in place world-class initiatives, as well as those which have creatively implemented customised solutions, to make a real difference to their stakeholders.  The award recipients will be recognised as a frontrunner or innovator by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.

Details on how to apply may be found here crf-innovation-awards/


September 2020 CRF Newsletter

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the CRF, I am delighted to enclose our September 2020 edition of our quarterly newsletter.

In this edition we have some exciting articles including the impact of Covid-19 0n a number of member registries.  There is additional information on the upcoming virtual AGM and a reminder to consider submitting and idea for a CRF Innovation Award.

If you have any feedback, ideas, an article or suggestions for next quarter’s newsletter please don’t hesitate to email the secretariat@corporateregistersforum.org

Download or read the newsletter here CRF Newsletter September 2020


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