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The Companies Act recognises four types of companies: company limited by share, company limited by guarantee, company limited by both shares and guarantee, unlimited company. The four types of companies follow the same online registration procedure(although requirements vary).
Enterprise (or Individual trader) is the simplest way to start and conduct business in Rwanda. It is also the easiest business type to maintain. Enterprise (or Individual trader) refer to a "business whose income is less than ten thousand Rwandan francs (10.000 Rwf) per day".
A foreign company is a company which is registered in a foreign country and which is carrying on business in Rwanda by:
Establishing a share transfer office or a share registration office in Rwanda
Administering, managing or dealing with property in Rwanda as an agent, personal representative or trustee, whether through its employees or an agent or in any other manner.
A foreign company shall be registered by the Registrar General. Where it is established that its name may lead to confusion with regard to existing registered companies inside the country, the office of the Registrar General shall require the name to be changed.