What is a Company?
Is there Company Law in Zambia?
Who is eligible to register a Company in Zambia?
What other documents must accompany the application for incorporation?
To facilitate immediate commencement of business upon incorporation, companies are also required to file a declaration of compliance with minimum capital (Form 55 and Form 12 for private and public limited companies, respectively).
Who is NOT eligible to subscribe to an application for incorporation?
What are Articles of Association?
What is the procedure for registering a Company?
What is the Minimum Authorized Share Capital for various Companies?
Is there a provision for a registered Company to change its name?
How many types of companies are obtainable in Zambia?
Under private company, the following are available:
What is a Private Limited Company?
What is a Company Limited by guarantee?
What is an Unlimited Company?
What should be the membership of a Private Company?
What is a Public Company?
What is the minimum number of members in a Public Company?
Are there any post incorporation requirements that a company needs to comply with after it has been registered?
What is an Annual Return?
What information must an Annual Return contain?
What is the consequence of failure to file an annual return?
When should Annual Returns be filed?
What other document is lodged with the annual return of a private company?
What other document is lodged with the annual return of a public limited company?
Is there any requirement for a company to hold an annual general meeting?
Is there any provision for a Company to maintain Accounts?
What is a business names?
What is a Foreign Company?
What is the minimum and maximum number of local directors required in a Foreign Company?
Who is not eligible to be a local director in a Foreign Company?
What is the registration fee for a Foreign Company?
What documents are used in the registration of a Foreign Company?
What, if any, are the post registration requirements for a Foreign Company?
What is the filling fee of a Statement in the form of a Balance Sheet?
How can a Foreign Company change its name?
What should a local director do if a foreign company is wound-up or dissolved in the country of incorporation?
What fees are payable in relation to dissolution of a Foreign Company in country of origin?
What are the consequences of carrying on business on behalf of a Foreign Company that has been dissolved in the country of origin?
What should local directors or documentary agents do when the Foreign Company ceases operation in Zambia?
What fees are payable in relation to cessation of operations of a Foreign Company in Zambia?
What are the consequences of carrying on business on behalf of a Foreign Company that has ceased to operate in Zambia?
What is the distinction between invention and innovation?
Why should you consider patenting your invention?
How should one prepare a complete specification?
What is a design?
Is there a design law in Zambia?
Who is eligible to apply for an industrial design?
What are the conditions for registration of a design?
How long is a design protected?
Can anyone copy a design?
How are rights of a registered trademark proprietor enforced?
For how long is a trademark valid?
Is there a requirement to place the proprietor’s name on the trademark label?
What are well known marks?
Under current Zambian law, the only marks entitled to protection across classes are those registered as ‘defensive marks’.
What does the symbol ® mean and when is it legally appropriate for use on the Zambian market?
Is the symbol ® appropriate for use in export markets?
How does a trademark differ from a service mark?
What is the difference, if any, between a trademark and a brand?
What is the difference between a Patent and a Trade Mark?
What is the Patents and Trade Marks Journal?
Is it compulsory for a producer of goods to register a trademark?
What is a preliminary search?
Online Name Clearance System
ONCS Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Online Name Availability Search?
This is an online data base system that allows you to search for available business names in Zambia.
Who can use the Online Name Availability Search service?
Any Zambian or resident who has a Zambian NRC and has attained the age of 18 years.
What are the benefits of using the Online Name Availability Search service?
It allows you to do this in the comfort of your home or office without having to come to PACRA offices.
What do I need to access the Online Name Availability Search service?
A user name with a password assigned to you by the PACRA ONCS on request.
How can I request for a PACRA user name for Online Name Availability Search service?
Go to http://www.onlinepacra.org.zm/and in the right hand pane, click on “Register”. Follow the prompts, filling in your correct personal information. The system will assign you a user name and a password that you choose yourself. The system will communicate to you by email the assigned credentials for your login.
What facilities do I need to access the Online Name Availability Search service?
You need a good internet connection, whether in your office, internet café, home or on an internet enabled mobile device such as a cell phone or ipad.
What do I do if I have forgotten my password?
On the online name availability search home page, on the right hand pane, click on “Forgot Password”. Follow the system prompts by answering the questions regarding your assigned user name. The system will communicate to you by email the new password to enable you access the service.
What are the most frequent problems/challenges encountered when using the ONCS?
The most frequent problems/challenges encountered in using the ONCS include:
How long does it take for one to receive a response after submitting a request?
It takes a maximum of 24 hours if submitted during working days. If submitted after working hours on a Friday, allow up to the next Monday within which to receive a response.
How can I ensure that my request stands a good chance of being accepted?
The following are a few quick guidelines to enhance your chances of receiving a positive response: