Ethiopia flag Ethiopia: Operating a Business in Ethiopia

Starting a business in Ethiopia

Legal Forms of Companies

Share Companies
Number of partners: at least 5
Capital (max/min): ETB 50
Shareholders and liability: limited to the assets of the company
Private limited company
Number of partners: minimum 2, maximum 50
Capital (max/min): ETB 15,000
Shareholders and liability: limited to the company’s assets
Sole Proprietorship
Number of partners: 1
Capital (max/min): n/a
Shareholders and liability: the sole proprietor is liable personally for all debts of the business operation
Number of partners: minimum 2
Capital (max/min): contributions shall be equal and of the nature and extent required for carrying out the purposes of the partnership
Shareholders and liability: the liability of members of partnership is unlimited (in the case of limited partnership, limited partners who do not participate in management have limited liability). However, the liability of the general partners or managing partners remains unlimited)
Setting Up a Company Ethiopia Sub-Saharan Africa
Procedures (number) 11.0 7.5
Time (days) 32.0 21.3

Source: Doing Business, 2016

Business Setup Procedures
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Ethiopia.

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