NIPC Business Registration in Nigeria – when required?

NIPC Business Registration in Nigeria – when required?

August 08, 2022

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) was established by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Act 16 of 1995 to encourage, promote, and co-ordinate all investments in Nigeria. It also regulates the participation of foreign businesses in the country.

The NIPC Act allows foreign nationals to own up to 100% equity and invest in any business in Nigeria except those indicated on the negative list as defined by section 31 of the Act such as production of arms, ammunition, narcotics and related substances.  Section 20 of the NIPC Act requires all enterprises in which foreign participation is permitted to apply to the Commission for business registration.

Business Registration in Nigeria

To apply for NIPC Business Registration Certificate in Nigeria, the following documents are required:

  1. Duly completed NIPC Form I;
  2. Memorandum & Articles of Association;
  3. Certificate of Incorporation;
  4. CAC Form 1.1 or Status Report (or CAC Forms CO2 and CO7 for old companies);
  5. Power of Attorney/ Letter of Authority (where applicable);
  6. Approved Remita payment receipt of prescribed fees (Non- refundable)
  7. NIPC payment receipt

Procedure for Processing

The NIPC Business Registration now takes 24 hours to process once all required documents are submitted. Applicants are to submit all required documents at the One Stop Investment Centre in NIPC or scanned copies sent to; the NIPC Business Registration Certificate will then be issued to applicant.

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Frequently Asked

  • What additional documents do I require to file my Annual Returns?
  • Must my Company Secretary be a Lawyer?

    Although it’s ideal to have a lawyer as a company secretary, it is not compulsory for small private businesses.

  • Why is mutual assent important in a contract?

    This is one of the key elements of a contract because is shows the meeting of the minds of both parties

  • What are the product categories available when registering with NAFDAC?

    The product categories include: Food, Cosmetics, Drug, Medical Device, Agro-Chemicals & Pesticide, Veterinary Products, Vaccines & Biologicals, Herbal and Nutraceuticals and Water

  • What is personal data?

    This is any information that can be used to identify an identifiable human person such passport photograph.

  • Is my copyright registration in Nigeria protected globally?

    The nature of copyright is territorial, so the copyright work is only protected in the country of registration

  • Do I have to physically drop off my product sample at NAFDAC office?

    No, you can choose to have it sent to NAFDAC office

  • Who can be directors in my company?

    Any two adults can be directors in a company.

  • Will my trademark registration in Nigeria protect me worldwide?

    No, all intellectual property (IP) rights which includes trademarks are territorial, which means you are protected in the countries in which you register them.

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