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EtEthiopia Subsidiary.










Country Capital

Addis Ababa


Birr (ETB)

As companies prepare to grow globally, they’ll need a legal presence established in the new country. At G-P, we offer a seamless alternative to establishing a subsidiary so companies can save time and resources and start doing business sooner.

How to establish an Ethiopia subsidiary

Establishing a business in Ethiopia typically takes time, so companies should start the process early before beginning work internationally. While the country does not require a paid-in minimum capital deposit, organizations may want to put some money into a local bank to prepare for establishing expenses. Another critical decision companies should consider is the type of business they’ll establish. One common option that often fits companies’ requirements for a new business entity is a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

Subsidiary laws

National labor laws and market standards outline steps companies will need to accomplish to establish a company in the country. They should plan their strategy for completing each part of the process and make sure they have the resources on hand to meet requirements.

1. Reserve a company name with the Ministry of Trade.

The first step is to reserve a unique name for the company in Ethiopia. Organizations need to submit a form and receive a Letter of Recommendation (LR) to include with their articles of association and memorandum as they continue the process. After they pay a fee, they can get a confirmation letter of the company name, which the Ministry of Trade must send to the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA).

Companies will also need to publish their company name in the national newspaper for 15 days to ensure its availability.

2. Authenticate company paperwork.

Next, companies need to appear with any company partners at the Documents Authentication and Registration Office (DARO) to verify their identity and the validity of any documentation.

3. Obtain a tax identification number.

Companies must apply to the ERCA for a tax identification number (TIN) and certificate.

4. Register the company.

Businesses can submit their articles of association and memorandum through the Commercial Register and obtain a registration certificate for a fee.

5. Register for social security.

Employers are responsible for registering their company and employees with the Private Organizations Employees Social Security Agency (POESSA).

6. Get a business license.

To begin conducting business in the country, companies need to obtain a business license through the Ministry of Trade for a fee.

The benefits of a subsidiary in Ethiopia

A subsidiary is a solution that some companies choose for international business to leverage the advantages of minimized liability as a subsidiary can assume legal risk as a separate legal entity. However, while a subsidiary can be an effective option for some global companies, it’s not the best solution for every business. The establishing process requires extensive resources, and it can involve complex transactions and legal regulations.

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THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE. You should always consult with and rely on your own legal and/or tax advisor(s). G-P does not provide legal or tax advice. The information is general and not tailored to a specific company or workforce and does not reflect G-P’s product delivery in any given jurisdiction. G-P makes no representations or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information and shall have no liability arising out of or in connection with it, including any loss caused by use of, or reliance on, the information.

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