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Dear Esteemed Clients,

We wish to inform you of the changes that have taken place at the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (“BRELA”) following the new Online Registration System (“ORS”).
  1. National Identification Number (NIN) from NIDA is required for all registrations service at BRELA
  • Only users who have National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the National Identification Authority (NIDA) will be able to access ORS services.
  • All Directors and Company Secretaries of companies will have to provide their National Identification Number (NINs) in the ORS.
  • A local natural person will not be registered as a shareholder, director or Company Secretary without having a National Identification Number.
(ii) Foreigners who want to register a company
  • Must use particulars of their Passports issue by their respective Countries.
(iii) Tax Identification Number (TIN) issued by their Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)
  • A person will not be registered as a shareholder or director without having a Tax Identification Number (TIN) for Tanzanians and a Passport details for Foreigners.
(iv) Preparation of Memorandum and Article of Association
The objectives in the Memorandum and Articles of Association to be uploaded to the ORS must be in line with the objectives to be selected through the ORS.
New Companies:
All Companies that are to be registered after 1st February 2018 have to comply with the above requirements prior to registration.
Existing Companies:
All Companies that were registered before 1ST February 2018 have to update particulars of the company including NINs and TINs of the current Directors and Shareholders through the ORS before filing ANY other documents. BRELA also has to confirm that the company’s particulars have no anomalies and are in line with the registry.
It is important to note that BRELA no longer accepts hard copy documents. However, the documents may still be presented to you for signatures and later on scanned to the ORS.

It is also important to note that due to the above changes, some works might be delayed or take longer than usual subject to the company’s status at BRELA.



The Tanganyika Law Society had its annual general meeting on the 13th and 14th April. Our advocates Mr. Cyril Pesha, Mr. Albert Lema, Ms. Mary John and Ms. Alice Mutungi were in attendance.
The meeting was held at Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) in Arusha. The meeting was kicked off on Friday 13th April 2018, at Mt Meru conference hall, and it was opened by the Principal Judge, Dr Ferdinand Wambali.
The TLS presidential election campaigns were held on the same day and all opponents gave their speeches. Voting was done the next day, Saturday morning 14th April 2018, and the results were announced in the evening the same day.
Ms Fatma Karume, emerged victorious in the elections, defeating three other contestants, Mr Godwin Ngwilimi (363 votes), Mr Godwin Mwaipongo (12 votes), and Mr Godfrey Wasonga (6).
She succeeds Mr Tundu Lissu, who is recovering from gunshot wounds in Belgium. She becomes only the second female president of the bar association of mainland Tanzania in its entire history.

Congratulations Ms Karume!!


This April we celebrated the birthdays of three of our colleagues,
  • William Mapunda- 10th April
  • Hassan Lubua-14th April
  • Ms. Sarafina Ngonyani (our intern) – 24th April
We wish them a successful year.
The CRB family would like to wish all its stakeholders a Happy Easter, and a Happy Union Day for its Tanzanian stakeholders.


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