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UGANDA REGISTRATION SERVICES BUREAU

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REGISTERING A COMPANY

Business Registration

URSB is mandated under the Uganda Registration Services Bureau Act Cap 210 to register all business entities in Uganda which are required by law to be registered. The directorate of Business Registration is responsible for the registration of:

  • Public/Private companies
  • Foreign companies
  • Legal documents

Benefits of Registering a Company/Document

  • Obtain legal Identity/status
  • Safeguard your business name by acquiring a trade name.
  • Access opportunities like loans, tenders, financing etc.
  • Business formalisation creates more employment opportunities through business expansion.
  • Enables registration for licenses e.g., Investment, trading and taxation licenses.
  • Better marketing and advertising opportunities for increased clientele
  • Improved competitiveness in the regional market

Registering a Local Company

Local Company Limited by Shares, one needs to:

  1. Reserve the name to be used
  2. File the following documents with the Registrar of Companies;
  • Companies Registration Form (s.18)
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association (if any)
  • Other Company forms
  • 1. A1 – Statement of Nominal Capital

Local company Limited by Guarantee, one needs to:

  1. Reserve the name to be used
  2. File the following documents with the Registrar of Companies;
  • Company Registration Form (s.18)
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association

After the company has been registered, the following forms must be filed (Company Returns).

  • Company Form 20 – Particulars of Directors and Secretaries (Within 14 days)
  • Company Form 18 – Notice of Situation of Registered Office & Postal Address (within 14 days)
  • Company Form 10 – Return of allotment (within 60 days)
  • Form of Annual Return for a company limited by shares (to be filed once every year).

Registering a Foreign Company, the following documents are required;

  1. Certified copies of the Memorandum of Articles of Association/Charter/ Constitution and Certificate from the country of origin duly witnessed.
  2. Registration forms;
  • Form 24 – Particulars of Directors and Secretary
    • Form 13 – Statement of all subsisting chargesForm 25 – List of Names and Addresses of Persons Resident in Uganda authorised to accept service on behalf of the company.
    • Form 26 – Address and Principal Office of Company.

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