Establishing a company in Saint Vincent

Saint Vincent is the main island in a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea termed “Saint Vincent and the Grenadines” north of Granada, south of Saint Lucia and west of Barbados. Its area is 390 km2 and it has 105,000 inhabitants. It was controlled by the British until 1969, was an autonomous state for ten years and then finally a fully sovereign state. The capital is Kingstown, located on the island of Saint Vincent.

  • The population is a mix of native Indians and the descendants of African slaves whose ships were lost at sea.
  • The main island is the site of La Soufrière – an active volcano that last erupted in 1979, and also the highest mountain in the state (rising to 1234 m).
  • The blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” starring Johnny Depp was shot primarily in Saint Vincent. The movie made over 1 billion USD in the box-office, a sum similar to the islands annual GNP.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent and self-governing state with an internal government division between six small parishes, each with its own capital. Flights from the U.S. land daily on the island and it receives hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The economy is based, among other things, on the registration of offshore companies, and this industry is showing rapid growth. In 2003 Saint Vincent was awarded the FATF award for lack of corruption in its financial activity, making it even more attractive to foreign companies.

Foreign companies may not deal in banking or insurance on the island, they may not recruit capital from the local public or sell them their shares. However, they do enjoy 0% corporate tax, full confidentiality of shareholder and office holder’s information and exemption from submitting financial reports.

General Information


Type of company

IBC – International Business Corporation

Relevant Companies Law

The Company Act, No 18 of 1996 The International Business Companies (Amendment and Consolidation) Act 2007

Offices

Law requires companies to provide a local office address

Language of original incorporation documents

English

Finance and Taxation


Currency

XCD

Corporate tax rate

0%

Standard share capital

10,000 shares, one share must be issued as par value share or no-par value share

Office Holders


Company Secretary (Secretary)

 
Obligation to appoint company secretary

Not required, company may appoint secretary

Obligation to appoint local secretary

Not required

Type of entity that may function as company secretary

Individual and/or company

Director

 
Obligation to appoint company director

Required

Obligation to appoint local company director

Required

Minimum number of directors

1

Type of entity that may serve as company director

Individual and/or company

Shareholders

 
Obligation to register shareholders

Required

Obligation to register local shareholders

None

Minimum number of shareholders

1

Type of entity that may register as shareholder

Individual and/or company

Type of shares

Registered shares

Accessibility of Information


Company registrar

Information regarding office holders is not accessible to the public

Annual Assembly and Reporting


Obligation to hold annual assembly

Not required

Obligation to prepare financial reports

Required

Obligation to submit financial reports

Not required

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