What is Branch Office?
Out of many options to initiate business through incorporating an entity in Bangladesh, branch office is the among the most viable option for foreign investors, as it does not create the hassle of incorporating a 100% foreign invested company in Bangladesh, rather it merely implicates the registration of a Branch office of already incorporated foreign company situated outside of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh being the hub of foreign investors in recent years, the provision related to registering branch office in Bangladesh provides the flexibility of having not required to incorporate a full pledged company in Bangladesh, instead simply register a branch office of the parent company and conduct all the business that a company in Bangladesh is at the liberty to carry on. Down below is mentioned a procedure to incorporate branch office in Bangladesh.
Branch office in Bangladesh is a development that carries on an indistinguishable business and movement from its parent Company outside of Bangladesh, by getting approval allowed by Board of Investment to set up and run the branch office.
In order to set up a Branch office and the foreign investor intending to set up a Branch office, permission of BOI will be required. For obtaining such consent, it is required to submit application in the prescribed form along with the following documents, which must be attested by the Bangladesh Embassy or High Commission of the country of origin or Apex Chamber of Commerce of the country of origin:
a. Prescribed application form,
b. Memorandum of Association (MoA) and Articles of Association (AoA) of the principal Company;
c. Certificate of Incorporation of the principal Company;
d. Name and nationalities of the directors of the principal Company;
e. Board resolution to open a Branch office in Bangladesh;
f. Audited accounts of the last financial year;
g. Proposed organogram of the office showing the posts to be occupied by expatriates as well as local personnel;
h. List of activities of the proposed office.
Once the aforementioned documents are submitted to BOI, it takes about 2-3 weeks to get an approval for setting up a Branch office in Bangladesh.
The governmental fees for opening up a Branch Office are BDT 25,000 and an inward remittance of USD 50,000 needs to be remitted to the local bank account of the branch office from the Parent Company.