The purpose of the information provided in this websire is to serve as a guide to help you with all the processes that are involved in making sure that your business is operating legally. We strongly advise that you read the information carefully which will save you time.
The Registry is committed to delivering a fast and efficient service. The process to Register a business is completed the same day as long as the applicant has all the correct documents, details of which can be found easily on the web site.
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The web site will provide all the information to take you through all stages of registering your business or organization in addition to providing you a with a 'How to' for all other regulations that might apply to you...
SYSTEMS TO SERVE YOU
The Bussiness Registry can be found at Ministry of Justice HQ's. Doors are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
HOW TO REGISTER
THE BUSINESS REGISTRY
The Business Registry of South Sudan was established in 2005 working out of temporary buildings and undertaking all its duties by hand. Since that time it has moved to purpose built premises and computerised many of its processes.
The registry continually seeks to improve its systems as technology develops and aims eventually to provide a fully online service. In the meantime the Registry will start the process of opening Registry Branches in each of the states that will make it much easier for businesses many miles from Juba to register.
Make sure that you have all the relevant documentation. Check the forms you need here on the web site (link to forms) and read them carefully as they will indicate which documents you require.
In general an applicant will be required to have :
Passport or ID of the applicant
ID/Passport of other shareholders or partners named in the application
In the case of incorporation and NGO’s, a Memorandum of Articles and Association
Cash to pay the fees (see link to Fees)
The Business Registry is located on Airport Road about 2 kms from Juba Airport, very close to the New Sudan Hotel. It is a separate building within the grounds of the Ministry of Justice. There is ample parking to found inside the grounds of the Ministry of Justice.
The registry operates as a Directorate within the Ministry of Justice. The Chief Registrar is responsible for all activities of the Registry and is legislated according to the Companies Act 2012. This and other business related laws can be found on the Business Registry web site link to the Ministry of Justice - www.gojss.org
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WHAT TO REGISTER
Registration of a Company is legislated by the Companies Act 2012. This is usually called ‘Incorporation’ and is quite a straight forward process but many people will seek the aid of a Corporate Lawyer. However, with a little research it is quite possible to complete the process yourself. Read More...
02 REG FOREIGN COMPANY
Outlined are the steps
- The Name of company is to be reserved with the Business Registry.
- The local agent of a foreign company should have a power of attorney.
- The copy of the Identity card/ Passport of the agent should be produced. Read More...
03 REG BUSINESS NAME
This is a Business entity ...The Act provides for the registration of firms, individuals and corporations carrying on business under business names in South Sudan who have not already registered. This covers any commercial enterprise that is carried on for profit and includes every trade, occupation or employment.
Business Name means the name or style under which any business is carried on other than in the true names of an individual. This applies whether a partnership or otherwise. Read More...
04 REG NGO
Technically, an NGO is a citizen-based association that operates independently of government, usually to deliver resources or serve some social or political purpose. NGO's are task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political particpation through provision of information.
05 REG PARTNERSHIP
Usually is a business with more than one owner that has chosen not to incorporate in to a limited liability company. Consequently, partners are personally liable for all business debts and obligations.
06 REG LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Usually is one where some of the partners can have limited personal liability. This is a partnership in which only the general partner, who runs the business, has personal liability, while the limited partners, who are basically passive investors, can lose no more than their stake in the partnership. Read More...
07 REG TRADEMARK
Usually, a trademark, trade mark, or trade-mark is a distinctive sign or indicator used by an individual, business organization, or other legal entity to identify for consumers that the products or services on or with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source, designated for a specific market, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.
If ever in doubt you should consult with a Commercial Lawyer to ascertain the appropriateness of the best form of registration before making an application.
However, it is the legal responsibility of all types of businesses and organizations to register their details with the business registry according to the Law.
The Chief Registrar at the Ministry of Justice started a programme of expanding the services of the Business Registry to the states in late 2011 to enable the business communities within the states to access to a Registry. This was done to facilitate the challenges of air travel and long distance many face due to lack of infrastructure in the country.
Following visits by a Registry team to Malakal, Wau and Bentiu in late 2011 progress in establishing branches in the three states were interrupted by the conflict with Sudan. However, since July 2012 significant progress has been made and a Branch has been established in Upper Nile State in Malakal.
The Ministry of Justice with support from IFC will be shipping a generator to the Malakal registry as they have been facing the issue of electricity solving the remaining impediment to opening the branch is an issue of electricity, which the Ministry of Justice is working hard to resolve by supplying a generator with the support of IFC. It is expected that by the end of June this year the Malakal Branch will be fully operational thus making it convenient for the many local and foreign businesses to become fully compliant with the law.
The establishment of next Branch has already begun in Western Bahr el Ghazal State following groundwork undertaken by the Registry team in May this year. The state officials in Wau have facilitated the process by providing office facilities and staff resources awaiting the official opening of the registry.
The Business Registry