DRC Has the Potential to become Africa’s Richest Economy due to the Abundance of Mineral deposits like copper, cobalt, gold, diamonds, zinc, iron and uranium. DRC also has the second Largest Fresh Water river after the Amazon in terms of volume and also has the world’s Second Largest Tropical forest.
The DRC has a Population of about 84 Million People and the Economy is Largely unexploited with Numerous Business Opportunities in the Mining Industry, Energy Sector, Construction and Real Estate, Food Processing and ICT Sector. The Few Sectors restricted for foreigners include establishing retail Commerce (Petit Commerce) and Foreign investment in the Agricultural Sector is Limited at 49% ownership
The Tax regime in the Democratic republic of Congo is Quite Straight forward with the Tax rate for personal Income ranging from 0 to 30 %, Corporation Tax is at 30% for Mining Companies, 35% Corporation tax for the other Companies and Vat at 18%.
Company Registration in the Democratic Republic of Congo Summary Table
|Entity||Subsidiary Company||Branch Company|
|How Long does the Company registration process Take?||10 Days||10 Days|
|How long Does it take to Open Bank Account?||5 Days||5 Days|
|After how Long can you Invoice and Hire||15 Days||15 Days|
|Minimum Number of Directors and Shareholders||1||–|
|Foreigner Can own the Company 100%||Yes||Yes|
|Can the entity hire expatriate staff||Yes||Yes|
|Tax Identification Registration required||Yes||Yes|
|Access to DRC double Tax treaties||Yes||Yes|
|Can bid for Government Contracts?||Yes||Yes|
|Can Secure Trade Finance?||Yes||Yes|
|Can Secure an Import and Export Licence?||Yes||Yes|
|Can Easily Convert into a PLC?||Yes||No|
|Can Secure Work permits for foreign Employees and Directors?||Yes||Yes|
|Multi Currency Bank Accounts Available?||Yes||Yes|
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