The Malaysian Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism, Hamzah Zainuddin and the state secretary, bin Hj. Ahmad, together with a delegation of experts, are visiting the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia on 18 September 2015. The main topic will be the planned digitalisation of the Malaysian business register. For the transformation of the paper-based register to a modern electronic register including an assistance platform, the German experience from its own changeover is of great value.
Furthermore, the Malaysian Ministry shows special interest in further developments in Europe, for example the interconnection of the business registers of the Member States and EFTA countries following Regulation 2012/17/EU, the common register portal or the assignment of unique supranational registry numbers. Minister of Justice, Kutschaty and the state secretary Krems states: “In times of enterprises operating cross-border, citizen, business partners and public authorities for business registers must be able to access reliable and up-to-date information to ensure lucency and legal certainty. Hence, the cooperation and connection of national business register authorities as well as a central access point to business register information are indispensable.”
The technical solutions developed by the EU-funded e-CODEX project (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange) which is managed by North Rhine-Westphalia, are of utmost importance for the Malaysian authorities.
With more than 20 participating Member States and further international partners, e-CODEX presents the biggest project in the e-Justice sector so far. Its aim is to improve the cross-border access of citizens and businesses to legal means in Europe and to foster the electronic cooperation between legal authorities within the EU. The European Commission defined the e-Delivery system developed by e-CODEX as technical base for the common register portal and the business register interconnection between Member States and EFTA countries. It will be introduced in all European Member States by summer 2017.