Thursday, July 29, 2010

SECP receives overwhelming response to amnesty schemes

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) have received an overwhelming response to its amnesty scheme for regularization of belated returns and easy exit facility to dormant companies, which was launched on July 1, 2010 for three months.

Under the Company Regularization Scheme (CRS) some 250 companies have regularized their defaults and have filed 700 returns by July 27, 2010. Similarly, under the Companies Easy Exit Scheme (CEES) around 100 companies have applied to avail themselves of the exit facility.

The schemes have been launched for three months from July 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010 (in three phases of one month period each) with different fee schedule. The first phase of the schemes would be closed on July 31, 2010. However, the documents under Phase- I shall be accepted by Monday August 2, 2010 due to holiday on July 31, 2010. As such, only three days have been left in closing of the first phase.

The regularization scheme was applicable to all types of companies other than listed companies, and enabled acceptance of overdue returns and annual accounts by paying only normal filing fees plus one half of the normal filing fee as additional fee without any penalties, during the first month. However, in the second month of the scheme, the fee will increase and the late submission of documents will be accepted by paying of normal filing fees plus one time the normal filing fee as additional fee.

The SECP always facilitates the corporate sector in compliance of law through simplification of procedures. The schemes will increase compliance of law by registered companies and also help weed out the dormant ones.

Friday, July 9, 2010

SECP starts online survey on services provided by Company Registration Offices

Islamabad, July 9: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has started an online survey on its website, entitled ‘Survey on Services provided by the Company Registration Offices’. The survey is available at http://sraposrc/secsurvey/index.php?sid=99227&lang=en

The survey is aimed at eliciting feedback and suggestions from companies, consultants and other stakeholders, on the services extended by the SECP at its eight regional offices called the Company Registration Offices (CROs). The CROs play a vital role as the front offices of the SECP having direct interface with the public. They are located in the provincial capitals and in industrial hubs of the country. They mainly function as corporate registry and are the custodian of corporate records.

Consisting of 25 simple multiple-choice questions, the survey takes only a few minutes to complete. It also includes specific questions on eServices, seeking inputs from the participants, with a view to making it more user-friendly.

The SECP encourages the users of services provided by the CROs, to share their opinions about the existing service delivery system and also to make their suggestions for future improvement. This will enable the SECP to further extend its facilitation and to provide more efficient services to the utmost satisfaction of the stakeholders.