Zambia flag Zambia: Operating a Business in Zambia

Starting a business in Zambia

Legal Forms of Companies

Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Number of partners: minimum two shareholders and two directors (a shareholder must be from Zambia, half of the directors must be resident in Zambia)
Capital (max/min): ZMK 15,000
Shareholders and liability: liability is limited to the assets of the company
Unlimited Liability Company
Number of partners: minimum two shareholders and two directors (of any nationality). Maximum fifty shareholders
Capital (max/min): n/a
Shareholders and liability: members have unlimited liability for the company’s debts and liabilities
Public Limited Company (PLC)
Number of partners: minimum two shareholders and two directors (of any nationality)
Capital (max/min): ZMK 1 million
Shareholders and liability: liability is limited to the assets of the company
The Competent Organisation
The Zambia Business Licensing Portal provides a one-stop-shop access to information about licensing requirements for business activities in Zambia.
Registration is done at the Patents and Companies Registration Office.
Company Directories
Zambia Business Licensing Portal
 
Setting Up a Company Zambia Sub-Saharan Africa
Procedures (number) 7.0 7.5
Time (days) 8.5 21.3

Source: Doing Business, 2016

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

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