Includes steps involved in establishing a local office
Last Published: 8/11/2017

U.S. firms wishing to do business in Nigeria, other than through incorporated local companies acting as representatives, agents, distributors, or partners, must establish a local presence. The business must be incorporated locally in Nigeria.  Foreign firms cannot operate through a branch office in Nigeria.  As part of efforts being made by the Government of Nigeria to improve the ease of doing business in the country, a Presidential Enabling Business Environment (PBEC) was established in early 2017 to help review challenges encumbering the business environment. The speed of business registration with the country’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has also received a boost. The procedures for incorporating a company in Nigeria can be found online.

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