The Permanent Secretary
Private Bag 004, Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: +267 3601 200, Fax: +267 397 1539
Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Afternoon 13:45 - 16:30.
Starting a business in Botswana
To operate a business in Botswana it is advisable to register a company, a business name or a co-operative society.
Once you have registered your company or business you need to apply for a licence with the relevant government department.
A company is a legal entity which arises when one or more persons form a corporate body which can acquire personality separate from that of its members with some legal powers to sue, or be sued, own property and make contracts.
Whilst a business name is a name, title, description or a way of doing business, whether in partnership or otherwise. The owner is not separate from the business itself. It has less registration requirements compared to a company.
A cooperative society is an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily come together to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. The law in Botswana encourages the registration and development of a self-reliant co-operative movement providing for the economic interests and welfare of its members within the framework of the policies for national development.
When registering a Company or Business, the process entails;
- selecting and reserving the name for your business, please check in our database if it is already registered to improve the cahnces of getting that name.
- Registering the name.
Selecting Company or Business Name