Guide to Starting a Business in Maldives

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 Maldives. 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
1Search for a unique company name and pick up standard application forms for incorporation1 dayno charge
2Pay registration fees1 dayfees included in procedure 3
3Register with the Registrar of Companies5 daysMVR 2,000 annual company fee + registration fee (see the comment) + MVR 500 stamp duty
4Make a company seal1 dayMVR 250
5Register company seal with Registrar of Companies1 dayno charge

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