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Guide to Starting a Business in Central African Republic

Staff Reporter | 12:18 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 Central African Republic. 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
1Deposit the legally required initial capital in a bank and obtain deposit evidence1 dayXAF 23,600
2Procurement of the Residence Certificate1 dayXAF1,000
3All acquired documents are filed at the public notary’s office for notarization3 days0.5-5% of the company initial capital
4Register company at Guichet Unique de formalité des Entreprises (GUFE)7 daysXAF 70,000 (frais d'enregistrement) + stamp fees ( 24 pages)+ XAF 30,000 (registration fee)
5Advertise the company formation in a national news daily1 dayXAF 70,000
6Register with the Chamber of Commerce1 dayXAF 50,000
7Notify authorities of hiring of employees1 dayno charge
8Obtain business license (agrement)7 daysXAF 10,200