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    Multinational companies and governments around the world are increasingly looking to Africa as a new business destination. Africa's economy has grown at a rate of around 5.3% per year over the last decade and six of the world's ten fastest growing economies are located here. These countries have a fast-growing middle class that contributes to rapid urbanization that is increasing faster than their cities' infrastructure can keep up. It is a common misconception that many economies in Africa are heavily dependent on energy production. In reality, the oil and gas sector accounted for only 11% of Nigeria's GDP in 2014, while the construction sector accounted for 20%.

    When considering doing business in Africa, it is not a matter of choosing just one country or all 54; A regional approach makes more sense. Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, refers to sub-Saharan countries such as Angola, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. Many companies already doing business in Africa are separating their businesses in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa due to the stark economic, linguistic and cultural differences between the two regions. Here are our top 5 African countries for doing business:

    Mauritius is known for offering an extremely favorable business environment for investment and business growth. The process of incorporating a company and starting new business activities in Mauritius is believed to be straightforward and relatively easy. Mauritius' economy is mainly based on textiles, tourism, sugar and financial services, although recently other sectors such as renewable energy and information technology are expanding rapidly. The World Bank ranked Mauritius 49th in its Doing Business 2017 ranking, largely due to its pro-business approach to dealing with building permits, enforcing contracts and protecting minority investors. Another ranking of African countries places Mauritius first based on factors such as law and security, economy, human development and human rights.

    Despite nearly a decade of Rwanda's civil war, the country's leaders and citizens alike have worked to achieve a healthy business climate and a strong overall economy. According to the World Bank, Rwanda is the second easiest place to do business in Africa and ranks 56th in the Doing Business ranking. This is because the procedures for registering a property, obtaining credit and trading across borders have been greatly simplified. Tourism is currently the fastest growing sector in Rwanda. According to our research, businesses can be incorporated and operating in as little as three days.

    Since gaining independence, Botswana has had one of the fastest per capita economic growth rates in the world. As the government works to diversify the country's profitable industries, the mining of diamonds and other precious metals is currently the main contributor to the country's economy. Recently, Botswana has managed to reduce the time it takes for various processes including import and export and business formation procedures. In addition, technological upgrades have reduced the average court length for commercial disputes to 625 days (from 987 days in 2008). Thanks to these improvements, Botswana ranks 71st in the World Bank's Doing Business 2017 ranking.

    South Africa
    South Africa's key industries are automobile manufacturing, tourism, mining and information and communication technologies. South Africa has managed to simplify its import and export procedures, resulting in less time and fewer documents required. In addition, the South African authorities have simplified tax legislation, reducing the number of hours required to prepare tax reports. The World Bank ranked South Africa 74th for ease of doing business in 2017.

    Another country to keep an eye on is Kenya, which is currently making huge investments in sectors such as telecom, transport and energy. With a tech-savvy workforce and high-speed internet, Kenya stands out as one of the top countries in Africa for tech startups, while its diversified economy, strong ownership rights, excellent tourism sector and improving infrastructure make it a great location for general start a new company. If you have further questions about company formation or banking in Africa. Please contact us now.

  • Accounting and bookkeepingDatum21.04.2023 12:30
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    Confidus Solutions has years of experience in supporting and advising international clients to smoothly start and run global businesses. One of our main offerings is the provision of international accounting services through local financial advisors for new and existing companies.

    We offer a wide range of accounting services to ensure the timely preparation of your company's tax reports, either on an annual or monthly basis - depending on your requirements. We take care of everything from tax planning and advice to preparing reports for submission to the local tax authorities. Our auditing services ensure your business meets all the requirements, standards and legal requirements of the chosen jurisdiction.

    Confidus Solutions can offer its customers virtual accounting services for any European country. Each jurisdiction has its own accounting rules, deadlines and deadlines for filing accounting reports and tax returns, which may vary depending on local regulations. Our team will contact you promptly to ask you to provide the required documentation. Our accountants handle payroll issues and provide professional advice on accounting, tax and global operations. We can also carry out financial audits and provide various administrative services if required.

    If you are looking for a detailed consultation in bookkeeping, please open one of the pages below:

    Annual financial statements;
    Bookkeeping & statements for offshore companies;
    VAT and VAT reports;
    Accounting services
    Confidus expert accountants and lawyers will be happy to offer you the following services:

    Preparation and submission of financial accounts and reports;
    Payroll accounting;
    Drafting annual reports;
    Drafting and bookkeeping all internal accounting documents;
    Communication with local tax offices, if required;
    Corporate account management;
    Legal advice and bookkeeping assistance during audit;
    Revision, improvement and modernization of internal bookkeeping system.
    Choosing Confidus Solutions as your professional accountant will also provide you with the following benefits:

    Cost reductions - We can help you get rid of unnecessary expenses and consolidate transactions and accounts;
    Efficiency and productivity lift - Our services shall give you broader vista for productivity and time to achieve your essential business goals;
    Quality accuracy and fast turnaround time - We adhere to high efficiency rate. We ensure that the highest possible quality of work is carried out;
    Clearness and data security - We draft and submit ongoing reports systematically. Rest assured your data are safe and secure with our professionals.

  • Business culture in South Africa Datum31.01.2023 10:07
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    If you are setting up, doing business, or dealing with partners from that country in South Africa, it is imperative to understand the basics of corporate culture in this particular area. Business meetings and negotiations often start with both parties having unspoken assumptions and certain expectations of their partners. In-depth knowledge of South African business culture can make all the difference between a successful business meeting and a lost business.

    Practical advice on business etiquette in South Africa

    Below is our list of pieces of advice to keep in mind when dealing with South African partners:

    South Africans are unlikely to do business with people they haven't met personally. It is advisable to have a friend introduce you in order to build successful business relationships. If possible, try to draw the partner's attention to South African business references that you already have in your portfolio.

    It is highly recommended that you receive letters of recommendation in case you have done business with mutual contacts of the company or entrepreneur with whom you wish to develop a relationship.

    Most of the time, a first business meeting is more about personal contact and getting to know one another than a direct discussion of business issues. The chances that South Africans will do business with you are much higher if they trust you as a person.

    Keep in mind that almost everything is closed from mid-December to mid-January, as well as during the Easter and most Jewish holidays. Therefore, do not plan your business trips and meetings on these dates.

    Working hours in South Africa are almost the same as in Western countries, including the fact that most of South African companies are closed during weekends. Major exceptions are banks and state office employees, because banks and state authorities are often open in until noon on Saturdays.

    You may face quite a challenge to locate a certain address in South Africa. This may happen because of the way in which the address system works. In case you are driving to a meeting with clients/partners, you better leave early to make sure you have some extra time to find your destination address and to park your car safely. We would recommend taking a cab rather than driving yourself.

    Remember that acceptable business clothes are suits and ties. Shirts preferably in light colours. If you aren’t wearing a jacket, make sure to put on a long sleeved-shirt. In case you are invited to a dinner at someone’s house, a dinner jacket is normally expected. It is advised for women to put on dresses and skirts instead of pantsuits and the former should not be sleeveless, too tight, or very short, as it is considered a bad taste. Keep in mind that winter in South Africa starts in June and lasts until August, so do not forget to dress something warm in case you are visiting during these months.

    Most locals speak English quite well, therefore, it is not required for you to translate documents or materials into any of the African languages.

    South Africans are quite friendly and open, meaning they often express emotions openly. It is a quite common situation when your business partner slaps you on the shoulder, shakes your hand tight, or even holds your hand as a gesture of trust and friendship.

    It is considered polite to offer small gifts to your partners. If you are invited to a house for dinner, do not forget to bring some gift: a box of chocolate, wine, or something similar – it is considered a good gesture and it shows respect for the hosts.

    Always show respect to elders, even in situations when they are not actually a part of the company. Elders are widely respected and usually considered to be extremely wise and experienced; those who disrespect elders openly are often end up being classified as undesirable business partners.

    Speaking of table etiquette and cutlery, the knife should always be kept in the right hand and the fork in left — never switch hands and never wave your hands around while holding cutlery. It is also considered a minor insult to leave food uneaten – so it is advised to plan prior to ordering dishes. Smoking is generally accepted, but only after all the guests has finished their food. Never chat or talk with waiters during the meal.

    It is generally considered impolite to point your finger at anyone, also the V for victory gesture is considered offensive. Remember not have a dialogue while having hands in your pockets.

  • Infrastructure of FranceDatum01.11.2022 15:36
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    The logistics performance index of France is 3.85. It indicates good performance - the logistics system is well prepared and organized, shipments mostly arrive on time and are not damaged, and the infrastructure is ready to handle even unpredictably large volumes of traffic as long as they are not overwhelming.

    Inch performance is rated at 3.65. This indicates satisfactory performance - the customs clearance procedure is generally effective, although a long time can occasionally be a problem; the customs system certainly does not discourage international business activities; required documents and fees are generally publicly available.

    The infrastructure quality in France is rated at 3.98. It indicates good quality - roads, railways, ports and other facilities are adapted and regularly maintained to handle high levels of traffic at all times, and most likely there are special facilities to deal with high-intensity and/or special traffic or vehicles ( e.g. highways a.k.a. freeways and deep-water ports).

    The quality of international shipping is 3.68. It indicates satisfactory performance - the services are reasonable and the prices are not too high and usually correspond exactly to the quality, although there is still room for improvement.

    The competence of logistics service providers is rated at 3.75. Providers are very competent – ​​they ensure high quality of shipments and traffic management at all times, work quickly and reliably; Any errors that may occur are readily compensated.

    Tracking options for shipments are rated at 3.89. This indicates good performance – the tracking systems provide detailed and up-to-date information on most shipment parameters, often crossing national (both political and linguistic) barriers and can be qualified as international tracking systems.

    Tracking options are rated 4.17. This indicates good performance - shipments almost always arrive within scheduled time frames and often faster than expected.

    In France, 100% of the population has access to electricity. France has 464 airports nationwide. There are 17,266,000 internet hosts in France.

    Road network
    The total length of roads in France is 1,028,446 km (639,183 miles). Of these, 11,882 km (7,385 miles) of roads are classified as freeways, dual carriageways, or freeways.

    Gas price
    On average, a liter of petrol costs USD 1.79 in France. A liter of diesel would cost $1.19.

  • Bank account opening in South AfricaDatum17.09.2022 18:37
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    With the right documentation and initial expenses, it is possible for a foreign citizen to open a bank account in South Africa. This international account and investment opportunity offers several advantages based on economic regulations and tax structures. Interest rates, tax laws and fees vary depending on the country in which you invest; Careful research and strategic financial actions could result in significant portfolio growth.

    Legal structures in South Africa
    Each international jurisdiction adheres to different legal structures for taxation and banking. Confidus Solutions helps you understand the nuances of each country's legal structure. In order to do business in South Africa, it is crucial that you have a thorough understanding of the financial and legal ramifications.

    Initial investments
    The vast majority of bank accounts in South Africa require an initial financial outlay to secure the account opening. This value differs from bank to bank and also depends on variable exchange rates. An international financial expert will help navigate these conversions, as well as the various fees and minimums associated with maintaining a bank account. Make sure you understand the interest and growth rates associated with each prospective international bank account so you can maximize your returns while minimizing risk.

    Tax structures in South Africa
    To get the best results and avoid bureaucratic and legal pitfalls, enlist the support of an expert in international finance and economics. This initial investment in proper processes and research will help avoid a litany of long-term costs and fees related to unforeseen errors and legal errors. Language skills, financial know-how and bureaucratic experience ensure that your account opening is processed smoothly and without unintended consequences.

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