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Guide to start a Business in Zambia

Staff Reporter | 4:43 AM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.


Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Zambia. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Check name for uniqueness at PACRA2 daysZMK 10,000
2Open a bank account .1 dayno charge
3Register the company at PACRA3 dayssee comments
4Register with the local Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) office, direct tax division to obtain a corporate tax number1 dayno charge
5File VAT registration form with ZRA to obtain a VAT tax number10 daysno charge
6Register with National Pension Scheme Authority for Social Security1 dayno charge