April18

HOW TO SET UP A BUSINESS IN CAMEROON

Do you wish to set up a business in Cameroon? Find out, in this article, how to proceed to create your company in Cameroon.

Cameroon is an interesting country to invest in thanks to its numerous natural resources. The Government of Cameroon greatly encourages foreign investment in many sectors such as transports, agribusiness, tourism and rural development so as to boost its economy. In fact, many programs have been set up so as to facilitate the creation of small, medium and large enterprises in the country, as well as to prevent corruption.

Cameroon has free zones which can be exploited by export business companies. These companies are eligible to many benefits such as exemption from permit requirements, the ability to open foreign currency bank accounts, the right to transfer up to 75% of profits abroad, tax exemptions for 10 years as from the beginning of the company's activities, an overall 15% tax rate on profits as from the 11th year. Moreover, Cameroon is famous for its cheap labour force as well as its numerous natural resources.

However, procedures regarding the setting up of a Company in the Cameroon are quite complex and costly.
Anyone is free to set up a business in Cameroon. Moreover, foreigners are allowed to own 100% of a company's shares.

Procedures to create a Sole Proprietorship Company

A Sole Proprietorship Company (SPC) in Cameroon is referred to as an establishment. Below are the steps to follow towards setting up a sole proprietorship company in the country:

Registration in the commercial register:
You are required to register your business in the Commercial Court Registry. Procedures should not be lengthy. 
You will have to produce a copy of your identity card or birth certificate, a copy of your marriage certificate, proof of address, a criminal record, your lease documents and the stamped application form obtained at the registry of the Court of First Instance in which the company has to be incorporated, Fees between CFA 64,000 to 100.000 depending on the court concern.

You can apply for your taxpayer card at the Cameroonian Tax Canter. Documents to be produced to the tax office are: a copy of your identity card, your Trade Registration, a business location plan and the sum of FCFA 20.000

CNPS, Labour Inspectorate and other authorities:
Once you have hired your first employee, you will have to report to the nearest CNPS office to obtain a registration application form. You will also have to produce your Commercial registration certificate, your business permit, your taxpayer's card, your business location plan, your company's temporary and permanent structure, as well as lease documents if you are renting the office premises. 

You also have to register your company with the nearest labour inspectorate office by producing a representation letter.

Procedures to create an LLC or PLC.

To create a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a Public Limited Company (PLC), you will need a minimum capital of CFA 1 00.000 CFA or CFA 10 million respectively. Procedures regarding the setting up of the company are almost similar to those of the sole proprietorship company. However, the commercial registration process differs. You can either do it yourself or hire a notary. Documents to be produced are the following, the company's name and initials.

The company's legal status, details on the company's activities the amount of the total capital invested (including the number of respective contributions) the head office address (addresses of branches if applicable) the company's activities' the First Manager and his duration as agreed by the founder or by the company's status business partners' identity documents and personal details, date and place of birth, nationality, date and place of marriage if applicable and any other information (particularly of those who are liable regarding the company's debts).
The company's executive members' and commissionaires identity, date and place of birth, address and contact information any other particular legal measure.

To complete the trade registration, other documents may also be required, namely:
A certified copy of the company's statutes or founding act.
The company's regularity and conformity declaration or a notarial deed for subscription and bank transfer
A certified list of managers, directors, officers or partners having been declared as personally responsible or have authority to bind the company or corporation for an indefinite period.
A sworn and signed statement certifying the company is not subject to any prohibition by law. Procedures should be completed within 30 days following presentation of a clean criminal record or any other comparable document.
 
Note that other permits may be required depending on the company's activities. You can seek all related information by contacting our law firm on. www.bongamandyoumbilawfirm.com or email us on info@bongamandyoumbilawfirm.com.

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