Registration of a company in Rwanda

Name of service Bronze Silver Gold
Company name verification and reservation in register with Rwanda Development Board Verifying the availability and reserving of your preferred company name with Rwanda Development Board
Company registration in form of LLC, including government fees Preparation and submission of all required documents and fees to the relevant government authorities for company registration, ensuring a streamlined process for our clients
Memorandum of Association Preparation of the memorandum of association, which defines the procedure for the creation of the company; the authorized capital of the company; the size and nominal value of the shares of the founders, as well as the order of payment
Certificate of Incorporation Provision of international standard certificate of incorporation for your company
Company tax registration, TIN Gathering, processing and filing the necessary paperwork for registration with Rwanda Revenue Authority
Company seal Production of the company seal
Assistance in opening a corporate account in local bank Collecting, processing and filing the necessary documents for opening a corporate account with a local bank
Assistance in opening a personal bank account Collection, processing and filing of the documents required to open a personal account, including consultation of appropriate jurisdiction
Free Consultation We offer a free consultation where you can discuss your needs and questions regarding company registration and management. Our experts will be happy to help you understand the process and provide guidance based on your situation. We are happy to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision about the services you need
Total cost
1500 USD 2500 USD 3000 USD
Provision of a legal address for 1 (one) year
900 USD 900 USD 900 USD
Remote company registration with transfer of authority
300 USD 300 USD 300 USD
Accounting services
250 USD 250 USD 250 USD

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6 easy steps to get started
  • 1

    Select your
    preferred jurisdiction

  • 2

    Choose a bank
    that meets your
    company's needs

  • 3

    Pay for our services
    using a convenient
    payment method

  • 4

    Receive all necessary
    corporate documents

  • 5

    Receive details
    for your newly opened
    bank account

  • 6

    We'll deliver the original
    documents directly
    to you

Rwanda is a relatively poor African country that has recently taken active steps to attract foreign investment. A loyal tax regime and a stable growth of GDP make this area particularly attractive to foreign entrepreneurs. Setting up a company in Kigali or any other city in Rwanda will open investor access to the African market. Its cumulative number of consumers is about 150 million people. Moreover, buying a company in Rwanda will allow not only free trade but also to engage in other types of businesses. The country has a developing mining sector, infrastructure, tourism, industry, and agriculture.

Advantages of registering a company

  • high level of security;
  • stable legislation and economic environment;
  • ease of capital repatriation;
  • availability of tax preferences.

Main forms of legal presence and doing business

  • limited liability company (SARL);
  • limited liability company (SA);
  • protected cellular company (PCP);
  • partnership;
  • affiliate.

Many foreign investors opt to establish their business in Rwanda as a SARL, a private limited liability company. To register such a company, you only need at least one shareholder, and there is no obligatory minimum share capital except for specific industries. Furthermore, the company must have a legal address registered in the country.

Registration procedure

Registration of a company in Rwanda is done at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The process includes obtaining these documents at the same time:

  • Company registration certificates;
  • Tax registration with an identification number (TIN);
  • Social Security registration.
After visiting the ORG, the entrepreneur must:
  • open a bank account;
  • obtain a license to operate.

Legislation and regulatory environment

The main legal act regulating the activity of foreign entrepreneurs in Rwanda is the Investment Code. Establishing and operating a firm is also regulated by the Companies Law, the Partnership Law, the Tax Procedures Law, and others. Knowledge of the Capital Market Corporate Governance Code will be helpful for owners of public companies.

Tax system

  • corporate tax - 30%;
  • PIT - 30%;
  • VAT -18%;
  • dividend tax - 15%;
  • capital gains tax - 5%.

Buying a business in Rwanda is profitable, given the incentives outlined in the Investment Code. They allow you to get the following:

  • 7-year tax vacations on investments in priority sectors of the economy of at least $50 million;
  • 0% corporate tax rate for international companies with regional offices in Rwanda and meeting specific requirements;
  • 5-year tax vacations for microfinance institutions and founders of innovation parks;
  • reduced corporate tax rate of 15% for the activities mentioned in the Order of the Minister of Finance.

In addition, micro-enterprises (with a turnover of less than 12 million Rwandan Francs during the tax period) pay a fixed amount of corporate tax. On the other hand, small companies, whose turnover is between 12 and 20 million Rwandan Francs per tax period, pay a lump sum tax at the rate of 3% of the turnover.

Open a business in Rwanda: how Prifinance lawyers can assist

Doing business in Rwanda is more accessible than in most African countries. It has stable legislation, and bureaucratic procedures are simplified. Nevertheless, one can only do it with professional legal advice because many formalities must be handled before starting a business. Prifinance company lawyers will support you to establish a company in Rwanda by finding the best legal form according to the client's goals and interests. In addition, we will assist to understand the nuances of local legislation and provide accounting services and annual company maintenance.


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