Commercial Registration

Commercial Registration of Sole Business Persons

Where the applicant is a sole business person shall submit the following documents together with his application format:

  1. passport size photographs of the applicant taken within six months time,
  2. photo copies of the kebele identification card or copies of valid passport of the applicant,
  3. where the applicant is a foreign investor his investments permit,
  4. where the applicant is a foreigner considered as a domestic investor, a document issued by Ethiopian Investment Agency to testify this,
  5. a document which testifies that he has attained the age of 18,
  6. the exact address of the head office and branch offices of his business if any, and
  7. if the office of his business is his own a title deed or if it is a leased one an authenticated contract of lease and a verification issued by kebele administration as to the address of the office.
Commercial Registration of a Business Organization Other than a Share Company
  1. where the applicant is a business organization other than a share company, under formation; the founders or their attorney shall submit the following documents as may be appropriate, together with the application format:

    • a) Where the application is signed by an attorney; a power of attorney given by all of the founders, photocopies of kebele identification card or valid passport of the attorney and the manager and the passport size photographs of the Manager taken within six months time,
    • b) Original copies of memorandum and articles of association,
    • c) Where there are foreign nationals as members of the business organization; documents evidencing that the foreign nationals are considered as domestic investors or their investment permits and photocopies of pages of their valid passports,
    • d) where there is a foreign juridical person involved in the business organization under formation; its certificate of incorporation, originals and authenticated copies of its memorandum and article of association or similar document, a notarized minutes of resolution passed by the authorized organ of the juridical person to join the business organization and an investment permit where the juridical person is a foreign business organization,
    • e) The exact address of the head office and branch offices of his business if any, and if the office of his business is his own a title deed or if it is a leased one an authenticated contract of lease and a verification issued by kebele administration as to the address of the office.
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  2. the manager of a business organization other than a share company shall not be a manager in more than one any business organization at the same time.
  3. before the registration of a business organization other than a share company in the commercial register, there shall be submitted a bank statement that the capital of the business organization to be contributed in cash has been deposited and all appropriate documents relating to contribution in kind.
  4. the registering office shall write a letter to the bank for the capital to be contributed in cash of the business organization other than a share company, under formation, to be deposited in a blocked bank account.
  5. after a business organization other than a share company has entered commercial register and obtained legal personality testimonials issued by appropriate government office, which show all contributions in kind have been transferred to the newly formed business organization, shall be submitted to the registering office.
  6. where the commercial registration of the business organization is completed, the registering office shall write a letter to the bank to release the capital of the business organization kept in a blocked account.
Commercial Registration of a Share Company
  1. Where the applicant is a share company; under formation, the founders or their attorney shall submit the following documents as may be appropriate, together with the application:

    • A) Where the application is signed by an attorney, the original copy of power of attorney given by all the founders, photocopies of kebele identification card or passport of the attorney and the manager and the passport size photographs of the manager taken within six months time,
    • B) A bank statement showing that at least one fourth of the par value of the subscribed shares of the company is deposited in a blocked account,
    • c) Original copies of minutes of resolution of the subscribers of the company and such other documents as may be associated with the resolution,
    • d) Original copies of memorandum and articles of association of the company,
    • e) i. Where there are foreign nationals as members of the business organization; documents evidencing that the foreign nationals are considered as domestic investors or their investment permits and photocopies of pages of their valid passports,

      ii. where there is a foreign juridical person involved in the business organization under formation; its certificate of incorporation, originals and authenticated copies of its memorandum and article of association or similar document, a notarized minutes of resolution passed by the authorized organ of the juridical person to join the business organization and an investment permit where the juridical person is a foreign business organization,

    • f) The exact address of the head office and branch offices of his business if any, and if the office of his business is his own a title deed or if it is a leased one an authenticated contract of lease and a verification issued by kebele administration as to the address of the office.
  2. The manger of a share company shall not be a manager in more than one any business organization at the same time.
  3. The registering office shall write a letter to the bank, for a quarter of the capital of the share company under formation to be deposited in the bank in a blocked account.
  4. An authenticated proof of appointment of their representative by the principal businessperson as its commercial representative and photocopies of his kebele identity card or passport