Business Formation

Deposit the legally required capital in a bank and obtain the deposit evidence

Agency: Bank

The legally required capital must be deposited at a bank to register a company. Either the founder of the company or the notary public deposits the initial capital in a bank and obtains the deposit evidence.

Time and cost: 2 days, no charge

Verify and reserve the company name

Agency: Industrial Property Center (Centre de la propriété industrielle du Gabon – CEPIG)

It is necessary to verify and reserve the company name with the Industrial Property Center (Centre de la propriété industrielle du Gabon – CEPIG). To avoid future lawsuits, the business founders must pick a name not already in use.

Time and cost: 1 day, XAF 35,000

Register the company and request the publication of a notice of incorporation

Agency: National Investment Promotion Agency (Agence Nationale de Promotion des Investissements – ANPI-Gabon)

The company must be registered with the National Investment Promotion Agency, or Agence Nationale de Promotion des Investissements (ANPI-Gabon). Upon receipt of a registration request, ANPI-Gabon registers the company statutes with the Ministry of Finance (Administration de Domaines) and completes the company registration with the court clerk (greffier du tribunal) at the Ministry of Justice, to obtain the registration number and k-bis. ANPI-Gabon also registers the company with the Tax Authority, providing a statistical number, but the Tax ID (NIF) must be obtained after the company registration.

Entrepreneurs can obtain the registration within the same day for an additional fee (XAF 300.000 for SARL and XAF 500.000 for SA).

At the moment of registration, the entrepreneur also requests the publication of a notice of company incorporation at the Official Journal (Journal Officiel de la République Gabonaise). The publication is managed by ANPI-Gabon.

To complete the registrations, ANPI-Gabon must forward the documents to the relevant agencies. At the end of the process, the General Director at ANPI-Gabon certifies that the registration is complete.

Time and cost: 1 day (with the express procedure), XAF 150 000 (fixed fees) + 25 000 (RCCM) + stamp of XAF 500 per page + XAF 300 000 (fast track)

Pay the company registration fees and obtain a receipt

Agency: Cashier

After depositing the documents at ANPI-Gabon, the business founder must pay the relevant fees at the cashier and obtain a receipt.

Time and cost: 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure), included in procedure 3

Obtain a Tax ID (NIF)

Agency: Tax Authorities (Direction Générale des Impôts)

A new company must obtain a Tax ID (Numéro d’Identification Fiscal or NIF). For this, a request is made by the entrepreneur or by the company’s legal representative to the Tax Authorities’ Registration Office (Bureau des Immatriculations de la Direction Générale des Impôts).

Time and cost: 5 days, no charge

Register the employees with the Social Security Authorities

Agency: Social Security (Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale – CNSS and Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie et de garantie sociale – CNAMGS)

A new company must register its employees with the relevant Social Security Authorities, the National Social Security Fund (Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale – CNSS) and the National Health Insurance and Social Welfare Fund (Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie et de garantie sociale – CNAMGS).

Time and cost: 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure), no charge

Submit an employment declaration to the Labor Inspectorate

Agency: Labor Inspectorate

The business founders submit a declaration of employment to the Labor Inspectorate.

Time and cost: 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure), no charge