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Guide to Starting a Business in Moldova

Staff Reporter | 2:15 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 Moldova. 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
1File all the documents with the State Registration Chamber for the registration of the company; obtain IDNO number2 daysMDL 1424
* 2Open a temporary bank account and deposit at least 40% of the registered capital of the company; pay the registration fee1 day, simultaneous with previous procedureno charge
* 3Obtain the registration certificate and constitutive act; obtain an official stamp from the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication; and obtain statistical codes1 day, simultaneous with previous procedureno additional charge the costs are covered by the charges listed in Procedure 1
4Register with the Territorial State Fiscal Inspectorate1-3 daysno charge
5Convert the company’s temporary bank account to a permanent one1 dayno charge
6Register the company with the Social Security Fund1 dayno charge
7Register the company with the National Medical Insurance Company2 daysno charge
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.