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NGO’s/NPO’s Registration and Licensing

Dexter is majorly expert in registration and licensing of Non-Profit organizations (NPO) or Non-Government Organizations (NGO). Majorly in Pakistan, following types of laws under which an NPOs/NGOs are registered; which includes;

  • Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Section 42 License)

  • The Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance 1961

  • The Societies Registration Act, 1860

  • Charity Commission Acts (All Provinces)

  • The ICT Charities Registration, Regulation and Facilitation Act, 2021

Dexter helps organization to get registration in above registration authorities and also helps the organization meet the licensing criteria of Section 42 registered companies.

PCP Certification

Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) provides the certification. The process of obtaining certification from PCP requires a large number of steps. Therefore, Dexter offers its services in getting the certification from the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) as it is especially required for non-profit organization (NPOs/NGOs). The services are;

  • Drafting application for certification from Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP)

  • Drafting of Policies and Procedures as per the standards of Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP)

  • Guidance to maintain records/files under the standards of Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP)

  • Assist in replying to queries for evaluation of the organization during the certification process from Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP)

  • Application for renewal of certification from Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP)

Economic Affairs Division

Economic Affairs Division is responsible for assessment of requirements, programming and negotiations of external economic assistance related to the Government of Pakistan and its constituent units from foreign Governments and multilateral agencies.

Government of Pakistan in 2021 introduced the “Policy for Regulation of Organizations Receiving Foreign Contribution”. This policy serves as a framework to facilitate the NGO sector in accessing foreign funding for their planned activities. It is important to note that under the said policy an NGO enters into MoU with the EAD for receiving funding directly from an external donor. This funding is project specific/area specific and covers defined set of activities. EAD on receipt of a proposal from NGO scrutinizes the proposal as per Policy 2021 and undertakes the necessary process of consultation with federal and provincial stakeholders. Based on this process, EAD approves and sometimes disapproves the project proposals submitted by the NGOs which do not meet the requirements of policy.

The process of obtaining approval from EAD requires a large number of steps. Therefore, Dexter offers its services in getting the approval from the EAD as it is especially required for non-profit organization (NPOs/INGOs).

Ministry of Interior

In 2015, the Government of Pakistan put together a policy framework to streamline and facilitate the work of INGOs in the country. As part of this framework, all INGOs present in Pakistan or desirous of perating in Pakistan are required to register themselves with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) by signing MoU.

The process of obtaining MOU from the MoI requires a large number of steps. Therefore, Dexter offers its services in getting the MOU from the MoI as it is especially required for International non-profit organization (INGOs).

Company Registration with SECP

The process of company registration in Pakistan should be accomplished to show the presence of a company as a legal entity. Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is the only regulatory authority in Pakistan that grant access to company registration for business entities by the Government of Pakistan.

Mandatory Steps involved in Company Registration in Pakistan

At top priority, organizations have to choose a unique name for their company and get approval for the name from SECP. So, after getting the approval for the company name, businesses have to submit the fee for the registration of their company. Furthermore, they have to submit all the required documents to SECP. Also, ensure the registration for income, sales and professional taxes. Business incorporation services require;

  • Company name selection & approval from SECP

  • Company registration fee submission

  • Submission of documents to SECP

  • Register for Income, Sales, and Professional taxes

Partnership Registration

Dexter has resources to prepare the draft of partnership deed for unregistered firms, registered firms, the association of persons (AOPs), and partnership business. Other than this, the members of the registration department at Dexter show their availability for correspondence, presentation, hearing, or replying to the registrar of the firm for removal of observations issued during the firm registration, partnership business, and AOPs.

More than the above, with managing the registration process, the arrangement of physical presentation for partners is also the part of the registration service. Also, members of Dexter help their clients as witnesses before firm registrar for firm registration, partnership business, and Association of Persons (AOPs).