The Registrar General Department (RGD) with institutional support from the Office of the Registrar of Companies (ROC), Ghana Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is the statutory body that regulates and controls the licensing procedures for business setup services in Ghana or Company Formation in Ghana.
It was formed to organize and activate industry as well as internal and external trade in Ghana and prepare studies relating to industrial and commercial activities. New business Setup or Company Formation in Ghana is now a hassle-free process than ever.
Different types of Mainland Licenses are issued while setting up a business in Ghana.
A trade license is issued to a natural or juridical person for start-ups in Ghana to practice any trading activity for the purpose of profit-making through buying and selling of goods. For new business set up these kinds of licenses are issued for engaging wholesale or retail trade enterprises, contractors, hotels, transport and storing establishments etc., A Trading License can be a General Trading or Specific Trading. A specific trading license limits the scope of activities to trade in only closely related items. [E.g. a company cannot trade in building materials if its licensed activity is trading in computer peripherals].
An industrial license is issued to a natural or juridical person to start up in Ghana who chooses to practice any investment activity, the object of which is to discover natural resources or transform raw materials in terms of their structure or appearance into manufactured products or to transform the semi-manufactured products into fully manufactured products by using mechanical power and segregate the products, filling, assembling or packing them.
A professional license is issued to a natural or juridical person to form a new business set up in Ghana and practice any profession in which he depends on his physical or mental efforts rather than depending on cash capital. This license is issued for start-ups in Ghana to practice certain professions such as engineering consultancy, management consultancy, other consultancy services and studies, auditing and accounting, medical and educational services and similar services.
Some of the business activities require approvals from government bodies other than Ghana RGD. A few examples of some of the activities that require approvals from government bodies areas listed below:
Department / Section
Road transport activities
Road and Transport Authority
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority
National Petroleum Authority
Department of Petroleum Affairs
Ghana Judicial Service
The High Court
Ministry Of Communication
National Communication Authority
Architectural & Engineering activities
Ministry Of Works and Housing
Architect Registration Council
|Ministry of Food and Agriculture|
Veterinary Services Directorate
Ghana offers incoming businesses & start-ups in Ghana with all the advantages of a highly developed economy. The infrastructure and services match the highest international standards, facilitating efficiency, quality and service. Among the benefits are:
Setting up a business in Ghana is an excellent way to rightfully gain international profits. PISTIS And Associates provide clients with licensing support to set up their businesses in Ghana, Ghana by providing strategic recommendations, negotiations with local stakeholders, and documentation formalities.
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