How To Start A Business in Central Africa Republic

Ding business in C.A.R

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 between 10 and 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 189 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2015.


No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
 1Deposit the legally required initial capital in a bank and obtain deposit evidence
Agency: Bank

The deposit evidence has to be signed by 2 directors at the bank. It is also possible to deposit the minimum capital at the notary, it will take 1 week for the notary to deposit the capital at the bank and get the deposit evidence.
1 day XAF 23,600
 2Procurement of the Residence Certificate
Agency: Municipality

The company contract, the criminal record certificate or the sworn declaration, and the director’s residence certificate are filed for notarization.
1 day XAF1,000
 3All acquired documents are filed at the public notary’s office for notarization
Agency: Public Notary

The company contract, the criminal record certificate or the sworn declaration, and the director’s residence certificate are filed for notarization.
3 days 0.5-5% of the company initial capital
 4Register company at Guichet Unique de formalité des Entreprises (GUFE)
Agency: GUFE

The Guichet Unique de formalité des Entreprises (GUFE) allows for the registration at the commercial registry.

The sworn declaration (declaration sur l'honneur) is completed at the GUFE. Entrepreneurs will need to send a copy of their criminal record within 75 days. The record is issued directly by the National Court.
2 days XAF 70,000 (registration fees at the one stop shop) + XAF 30,000 (registration fees with the commercial registry) + stamp fees (24 pages, XOF 3000 per page)
 5Obtain the Tax ID number (numero d’identification fiscale -NIF)
Agency: Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines

Since 2012, the NIF is obtained at the Direction General des Impots et des Domaines.

Prior to 2012, it was obtained at the one-stop-shop.
2 days no charge
 6Register for Social Security
Agency: Caisse Nationale de la Sécurité Sociale

The enrollment of employees to the social security is no longer completed at the GUFE - but directly at the Social Security offices.
3 days no charge
 7Advertise the company formation in a national news daily
Agency: National News daily

All new businesses must advertise their company formation in the National News Daily.
1 day XAF 70,000
 8Register with the Chamber of Commerce
Agency: Chamber of Commerce

All new businesses must register with the Chamber of Commerce for XAF 50,000.
1 day XAF 50,000
 9Notify authorities of hiring of employees
Agency: Regional Directorate of Employment

Following registration, the company must file a declaration at the Regional Directorate of Employment.
1 day no charge
 10Obtain business license (agreement)
Agency: Municipality

A business license (agreement) can be obtained at the Municipality for XAF 10,200.
7 days XAF 10,200