Why you don’t need a registered company to do business in Africa

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Africa is on the rise. Currently, 6 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa. Whether you are a business or entrepreneur looking for growth, the African continent has what you are looking for. Today’s picture is one of a 54 countries’ large continent with tremendous economic growth, investment, and rapidly rising living standards.

Why choose Africa for doing business

Over the last decade, national and regional economies are consistently accelerating their growth and attracting the attention of foreign investors across the continent. Various factors have contributed towards this positive momentum, such as economic policies increasingly favorable, growing middle class with a taste for modern consumer goods and a new generation of policy-makers and business leaders. Increased regional mobility, rapid urbanization and population growth have also boosted demand on the continent.

Over the past years, foreign investment has been pouring in Africa. A good number of international companies have already seen the huge long-term potential for business. Ivory Coast, for example, despite having faced several setbacks due to political instability, now has the second fastest growing economy in Africa, reaching almost 9% per year. Abidjan is now home to Burger King, a Carrefour supermarket, a Paul bakery and even a Heineken brewery, just to name a few. The roads may be new, but the path to profitable new markets is already set.

Key figures about business in Africa

Population and demographics

500 million Africans are between the age of 18 and 24. By 2040, the forecast is 1.1 billion — more than in China or India

40% of the global population growth will be in Africa by 2050

Markets and consumers

Consumer expenditure is set to rise from USD 600 billion in 2010 to nearly USD 1 trillion in 2020

Consumer-facing industries (retail/wholesale, banking, telecommunication and tourism) in Africa are expected to grow by USD 400 billion by 2020, with apparel, consumer goods and food accounting for $185 billion

Urban African consumers spend the largest share of their budgets (45%) on food and groceries – more than the average consumer in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China)

Economic Performance

6 of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are currently in Africa

Average annual return on capital of African companies was 65-70% or higher than that of comparable companies in China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Challenges to register a business in Africa

As we have seen, the African continent is full of opportunity for sustainable businesses or even test markets. Despite these promising trends and forecasts, significant challenges persist across the African continent, especially when registering a new entity. Each country on the continent has different laws, different regulations, different requirements for entry and different tax compliance procedures.

These differences can further be seen when comparing the DTF score (distance to frontier) and DB rank (doing business) from the World Bank Group: Mauritius stands at the 25th position worldwide on the ‘Ease of doing business ranking’. This makes the small island the highest ranked on the African continent, positioning itself ahead of business giants like France, Japan and Spain. On the other hand, the last spot out of the 190 countries belongs to another African country; Somalia.

Is having an entity in Africa necessary to employ people?

Direct answer: No, it is not. There is a solution to business starting out in Africa, all of which can be done in a fast and simplified manner whilst remaining fully compliant. With Employment outsourcing you can onboard workers anywhere in Africa within a couple of weeks.

Africa HR Solutions Ltd aims to ensure 100% compliance for all the expatriates, local employees and businesses operating throughout Africa. Through the usage of several systems as well as advisory services from in-country law, accounting and auditing firms, we aim to stay current in terms of all required statutory deductions. Below are the areas where Africa HR Solutions can help you get your business up and running with minimal downtime.

Employment Outsourcing

Africa HR Solutions can act as the legal Employer of Record for your workers in 48 countries.  This means that you will outsource the hire, the employment and the payroll functions to us while you focus on your business goals and workers tasks and duties. We will take care of the administration and legal aspects of the employment.


Our company provides cost effective and full outsourced payroll solution to our clients operating in Africa. We pride ourselves towards flexibility and high-quality standards of customer service. Africa HR Solutions has a dedicated team of experts that understand the complexities of African payroll. We have developed the tools and skills to deliver high quality payroll services all around Africa.

Immigration Assistance

Africa HR Solutions offers immigration solutions for expatriates across the African continent. We have immigration specialists in Africa both for foreign and 3rd party nationals. From the letter of invitation to enter the country to the supply of work permit, our dedicated local team will sponsor and assist the expatriate in all the different steps with the local immigration authorities. Africa HR Solutions will strive to ensure that all paperwork is completed timely and accurately, and that the entire process is done in accordance with the local legislation to reduce the risks of denial.

Medical Insurance

Covering your staff while operating in Africa is essential. Therefore, we ensure that the best medical insurance is offered to your workers. We work very closely with multinational insurance companies allowing us to offer the best package to workers to suit the conditions of their assignment.

Offshore Payment Facilities

Africa HR Solutions provides offshore payment services to clients and expatriates wanting to be remunerated out of their country assignment and/or out of their country of residence. We have partnered with major financial institutions to enable the most secure and fast offshore facility Africa has to offer.

Salary Surveys

Africa HR is a partner to Birches Group to provide salary surveys across Africa. These surveys are released thrice yearly for each country, for the most up-to-date data. Reports can be prepared for any job in any African market.

Additional Services

  • Meet and Greet
  • Handling of Expenses
  • Registration of Entity
  • Car Rental
  • First Accommodation
  • Local Pension Fund
  • Opening of Bank Account
  • Local SIM Card
  • First Office Support
Final Thoughts

The years to come give a highly optimistic outlook and promising forecasts. With its one billion people spread across 54 different markets, the potential is beyond imagination. Early movers and forward-thinking businesses will seize this opportunity and accept the African invitation.

Africa HR Solutions is here to assist your business and ensure your vision is translated into a sustainable venture.

Contact us today for an obligation-free quote for your next venture in Africa.

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Grant Geraghty is the longest-serving member of the Africa HR team. This resident subject matter expert and client champion is responsible for gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ unique HR needs in Africa and providing tailored solutions that align with their business objectives. Grant collaborates closely with our clients to ensure that their requirements are properly implemented, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.

Grant brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as Africa HR’s longest-serving employee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Economics and Business Finance, from the University of Natal in South Africa. Additionally, he has completed a certification program in Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town, further enhancing his expertise in HR operations and compliance.

His commitment to delivering exceptional service and his extensive knowledge of HR in Africa make him an invaluable member of the Africa HR team.




Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.

Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.

Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.



Head of Finance & Business Support

Viloshna is an experienced finance professional with 18 years of expertise in strategic financial planning, financial analysis, cash flow management, systems and controls implementation, financial reporting, and continuous process improvements. She currently serves as Head of Finance & Business Support, where she has successfully automated and leveraged the financial reporting system capabilities to ensure efficient company operations.

Viloshna’s background includes senior roles in a multinational pharmaceutical company and a large listed Mauritian conglomerate. Her meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking have streamlined financial processes, making her a valuable addition to any finance team. Viloshna is a qualified finance professional with an FCCA qualification and an MBA, bringing valuable expertise to any organization.

In her current role, Viloshna leads the company’s Treasury and Payments function, including the fulfillment of the company’s cross-border payments into Africa. With her strong educational background and extensive experience, Viloshna consistently demonstrates her ability to optimize financial operations, minimize risks, and improve profitability. Her expertise in financial reporting and process improvements make her a valuable asset to any organization.



Head of Legal & Compliance

A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.

Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.

He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.

Alex Daruty - Africa HR Team


Head of Commercial

Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.

With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.

His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.

He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.

Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.