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Investment Legislation
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Most of the following section was sourced from De Wolf and Partners, Investing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, A Legal Guide, 2012.



Investment Code
Within the framework of the new government economic policy, the country was provided since 2002, with a new Investment Code intended to favor and secure investments, and other laws aiming to favor business development and secure investments.The Investment Code sets absolute of treatment between domestic and foreign investors and simplifies the approval procedure which results in the grant of customs and tax benefits.
Important points include:
  • DR Congo membership of OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Corporate Law in Africa);
  • Exclusion of nationalization and expropriation ;
  • Freedom of transferring abroad dividends and other investment-generated income;
  • Disputes settlement under CIRDI convention (International Centre of Dispute Settlement), based in Washington City ;
  • Set-up of One-Stop-Shop for investments: ANAPI ;
  • Removal of some formalities in the process of setting up enterprises such as authentication of visa, certificate of non-state employee, criminal record, etc.;
  • Noticeable cut of the costs to obtain the New Trade Register;
  • Publication of enterprise charters in the Gazette (Journal Officiel) through internet to save time;
  • Set-up of many notarial offices throughout the country;
  • Mechanisms for the safety of investments such as DR Congo