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Starting a business in Burundi : Guide

Staff Reporter | 12:03 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 Burundi. 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
1Submit all documents at the API and obtain registration certificate and NIF4 daysBIF 42,500 for a LLC performing general commercial activities
2Registration of the Company with the Ministry of Labor, Department of Work Inspection1 dayno charge
* 3Registration of the Company with the National Institute for Social Security1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure)no charge
* 4Make a company seal2 days (simultaneous with previous procedure)BIF 20000
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.