Starting a business in Senegal

Starting a business is a daunting experience, especially when you decide to start it in a foreign country. Here in Senegal, the government is beginning to  figure out that small and medium-sized companies are important to the country’s growth. In that light, they have set up a One Stop Shop for registering your business and the process takes about 2 – 3 days, if there are no public holidays in that time. If there are, you will need to add one week to  the pick up date you were given. This one stop shop is called APIX and is located near to the Palais Presidentiel. As far as Senegalese paperwork goes, it’s not too bad and the requirements are pretty clear. You will need a police certificate from your home country, of course. However after that you are pretty much on your own. Where do you go for information on taxes, VAT, etc? I will soon be figuring that out…hopefully not by surprise!

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