Rwanda at a Glance

Doing Business and Company Registration in Rwanda – Did you Know that Rwanda is the country with the highest ranking in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index in Eastern Africa, and the country with the second highest ranking in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Rwandan GDP has on average grown at a rate of 7.1% since 2004  and after Company Registration in Rwanda you get access to the East Africa Community giving you access to a market of about 150 million people and a market size with a GDP of Billion USD 145.

Rwanda has in the recent past been Attracting a lot of Foreign Direct Investment due to the following factors;

  • Corporate tax exemption for companies planning to relocate headquarters to Rwanda
  • Beneficial corporate income tax (15%) for some selected sectors, including energy, transport, affordable housing, ICT and financial services
  • Accelerated depreciation of 50% for priority sectors, including tourism, construction, manufacturing and Agro processing
  • Exempted capital gains tax for registered investors
  • Corporate income tax holiday for large projects in selected sectors, including energy, exports, tourism, health, manufacturing and ICT
  • Ease of repatriation of capital and assets

The Tax Regime in Rwanda is Quite Straight forward with  the Tax rate for personal Income ranging from 0 to 30 %,  Corporation Tax is at 30% and Vat at 18%.

For over 1 decade now, East Africa Business Consultants Has assisted many clients with the following Key Company Set Up Services in Rwanda;

  • Company registration in Rwanda
  • Government Licenses Processing
  • Business Bank Account Opening
  • HR Recruitment and Management
  • Work Permit Processing
  • Apartment/Office/Warehouse Sourcing.

Company Registration in Rwanda Summary Table

EntitySubsidiary CompanyBranch Company
How Long does the Company registration process Take?3 Days3 Days
How long Does it take to Open Bank Account? 5 Days5 Days
After how Long can you Invoice and Hire 8 Days8 Days
Minimum Number of Directors and Shareholders 1 –
Foreigner Can own the Company 100%YesYes
Can the entity hire expatriate staffYesYes
Tax Identification Registration requiredYesYes
Access to DRC double Tax treatiesYesYes
Can bid for Government Contracts?YesYes
Can Secure Trade Finance?YesYes
Can Secure an Import and Export Licence?YesYes
Can Easily Convert into a PLC?YesNo
Can Secure Work permits for foreign Employees and Directors?YesYes
Multi Currency Bank Accounts Available?YesYes


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