According to Angop, with this new portal, INAPEM will be able to extend the average period for delivery of certificates for MSMEs from 30 days to three days.
Thus, through the portal, managers of MSMEs in the country will be able to request the company certificate remotely, thus eliminating the need for a physical visit to request the document.
"The managers of micro, small and medium-sized companies, throughout the national territory, can, from today [Thursday], access the INAPEM website to request the company certificate, eliminating the physical and documentary travel to the relevant capital city to obtain the document, as was done until then", explains INAPEM, in a statement made available to VerAngola.
The head of INAPEM's study department, Cláudio Silva, listed the three innovative objectives of the platform, in addition to simplifying the process of obtaining the document.
Thus, he highlighted the introduction of the QR code, as well as the introduction of the institutional chat: "It is important to note that, the expansion of services and their functionalities, I am referring to the inclusion of the QR code, for example, to reinforce the security mechanism of the certificate itself and facilitate the geolocation of the company, the inclusion of institutional chat to allow interaction between users and INAPEM in real time, the continuous training of INAPEM staff to provide better assistance to document applicants, are outstanding elements of tool".
Thus, from now on, "any company that wants to obtain certification, just access the INAPEM website available at www.inapem.gov.ao, look in the 'Services' menu, press the 'Certification' subcategory, then press the cursor on 'See More' and then 'Request' and it will be redirected to the platform, which is automatically interconnected with the AGT channel", he explained.
The official, cited by Angop, clarified that MSMEs will be able to enjoy the benefits of the INAPEM certificate and belong to the MSME ecosystem. Thus, he highlighted the advantages of tax exemptions, reduction of industrial tax by half, reduction of two percent on gross sales for micro companies, among others.
According to the statement, until recently centralized in Luanda, "the process was considered one of the constraints for access to various tax benefits, lines of financing, and other programs of the Executive". However, with this new tool, the institute "fulfills one of the aims of the Angolan Executive, which is based on the modernization and simplification of administrative procedures in public services".
According to the note from INAPEM, company certification is intended for MSMEs who want "to prove that they have this status with public administration entities, or with protocols with it, and that they are obliged to demand proof of MSME status , for the purpose of administrative procedures (attribution of support or other forms of positive discrimination against Micro, Small or Medium-sized companies)".
The Company Certification Platform, which was launched on Thursday (May 25) by INAPEM, aims to facilitate the certification process of companies through the institute's website, dispensing with the need to deliver any documentation in person, decentralize the certification process of companies , "substantially reducing complaints about the time in which the request for issuance is submitted to INAPEM's provincial departments and the period in which the applicant has access to the document", as well as "giving greater security to the certificate and the respective identity card associated with it , avoiding the regular confrontations of public entities, with emphasis on the General Tax Administration, about their authenticity", explains INAPEM.
"The implementation of the Company Certification Platform was possible thanks to the contribution of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which financed the project, of the General Tax Administration (AGT), which intervened in matters of tax forum, of the Instituto Nacional de Fomento da Sociedade da Informação (INFOSI), which took care of hosting and accommodation of the platform in the channels of the Government and Select Service, the company responsible for the design of this digital tool", the note also reads.
According to the chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of INAPEM, João Nkosi, quoted by Angop, out of a universe of around 83,000 companies in the country, only 38,000 have INAPEM certification.
The PCA of INAPEM, João Nkosi, the PCA of the Credit Guarantee Fund, Luzayadio Simba, the UNDP regional coordinator for Angola, João Félix, the administrator of the BDA, Bonifácio Sessa, as well as representatives of the AGT, CMC, APIEX, Luanda Provincial Government, INE, business associations, startup managers and cooperatives, etc.