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The Creation of a Unique Business Identification Number in Switzerland. OECD – 25 November 2008 Pascal Utz. List of contents. Goals of Enterprise Identification Number (UID) The Situation in Switzerland The UID Register Advantages and C hallenges Schedule.

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the creation of a unique business identification number in switzerland

The Creation of a Unique Business Identification Number in Switzerland

OECD – 25 November 2008

Pascal Utz

list of contents
List of contents
  • Goals of Enterprise Identification Number (UID)
  • The Situation in Switzerland
  • The UID Register
  • Advantages and Challenges
  • Schedule
current situation in switzerland
Current Situation in Switzerland
  • Almost every administrative register today has its own identification number
    • Duplications
    • Inefficient processes
    • High costs
    • Limited exchange of information among administrative agencies
    • Slow processes
goals of enterprise identification number uid
Goals of enterprise identification number (UID)
  • Reducing time and money expenses for enterprises
  • Developing e-government
  • Lower costs for the public authorities
  • Making administrative registers more up-to-date
  • Better cooperation among administrations
  • National coordination instead of cantonal solutions
  • Reduction of different identification numbers
administrative registers
Administrative Registers
  • No national business register
  • Each administrative register only covers part of the businesses
  • Different definitions of a business enterprise
  • Registers tend to be managed at a regional level
the business and enterprise register ber
The Business and Enterprise Register (BER)
  • Statistical Register
  • Nearly complete
  • Up to date
  • Many data sources
  • Established processes
the uid register
The UID Register
  • Administrative register
  • The BER as a reference register
  • Physically separate from the BER
  • Limited number of variables
  • Some variables are publicly accessible
  • Other variables are only accessible to the public authorities
advantages for business and enterprise register
Advantages for Business and Enterprise Register
  • Additional sources of information:
  • More up-to-date data
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Simpler data collection through single identifier
  •  Better economic statistics
challenges
Challenges
  • Lack of legal foundations
  • Defining an business enterprise
  • High time pressure
  • Public access to the UID register (Data protection)
  • Verification of data
  • Data quality and guarantee of quality
schedule
Schedule
  • Putting into effect of UID law: 1 January 2011
  • UID in the administrative registers 2011 – 2013 (1st part)
  • 2011 – 2016 (2nd part)
  • Replacement of existing indicators 2011 – 2016