How to establish a company in Uzbekistan?

ACIR Southern Europe

Setting up a company in Uzbekistan can be a great opportunity to expand your business horizons.

ACIR specialists in Uzbekistan have identified several opportunities for European companies. The country is experiencing rapid growth and modernization, which has led to the creation of a favorable business climate. Some of the areas with the most potential include energy, agriculture, technology, manufacturing, construction, and education. In addition, the Uzbek government is implementing reforms to attract foreign direct investment, which can facilitate the expansion of European companies in the country.

Below we share an algorithm of realization if you are interested in establishing a company in Uzbekistan.

Step 1: Research and planning

Before embarking on the journey of establishing a company, it is of vital importance to fully understand the economic and legal landscape of the country in which you plan to operate. This involves immersing yourself in market research to acquire a deep understanding of the industry, competition, current trends, and future projections. It is essential to identify unique opportunities that your company can leverage to stand out, as well as potential challenges you may face along the way. With this valuable information, you can develop a solid, detailed business plan that not only serves as a roadmap for your company but also attracts potential investors and partners.

Step 2: Choose the type of company

Uzbekistan provides a variety of options in terms of the legal structure your company can adopt. Among the structures you can select include:

  • The joint-stock company,
  • The limited liability company, and
  • The sole proprietorship, along with several other options.

Each of these legal structure forms has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. As such, it is essential that you conduct a careful evaluation to determine which of these types best fits your specific business needs. The correct choice of your company’s legal structure can have a significant impact on your future success, so it is an aspect that definitely deserves detailed consideration.

Step 3: Company registration

The next step in your business journey is to officially register your company with the competent authorities. This process is not as straightforward as it might seem at first glance, as it involves the submission of a number of important documents. These documents can vary, but generally include your detailed business plan, which is essentially a complete vision of how you plan to operate and grow your company. In addition, you will also be asked to provide proof of capital. This is done to demonstrate that you have the necessary funds to keep the company running and may vary depending on the type of business you are starting.

You will also have to bear in mind that most of the documents will have to be properly translated and apostilled in case you want to open a subsidiary of your company.

It is important also that you have a bank account, a local phone number, and other permits that will be informed to you during the process.

Step 4: Obtain the necessary licenses and permits

If you are planning to establish a new business, it is essential to keep in mind that there may be certain specific licenses or permits that you will need to obtain. These can vary greatly depending on the type of business you are setting up. It could be a liquor sales license, a construction permit, a public health license, among others. It is of vital importance that you conduct thorough research to ensure that you comply with each and every one of the applicable legal and regulatory requirements in your area. This not only ensures that your business is operating legally but can also help avoid any penalties or legal problems in the future.

Step 5: Prepare your operational presence

Finally, you will need to establish your operational presence in the market. This process can involve several important tasks such as hiring qualified personnel who add value to your company, searching for suitable business premises to carry out your daily operations, and setting up a robust and secure IT infrastructure that supports the needs of your business. Each of these steps is fundamental to the success of your company and must be handled with precision and care.

ACIR Southern Europe, your partner in Uzbekistan

Setting up a company in Uzbekistan is a process that requires planning and preparation, but can result in great opportunities. If you need more information or advice, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you make your business ambitions a reality.

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