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FDI in Figures

According to UNCTAD World Investment Report 2021, in oil exporting Chad,  FDI inflows declined from USD 567 million in 2019 to USD 558 million in 2020, following the global economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, in 2020, the economy suffered a temporary suspension of oil production and a slowdown of trade on the back of border closures to contain the pandemic. The stock of FDI has been estimated at USD 7 billion in 2020. The majority of FDI goes toward oil exploration and infrastructure development. The services sector has lately attracted foreign investment too, mostly through telecommunications and banking sectors. The country's main investors are Nigeria, France, the United Kingdom and South Korea.

The country has been ranked 182nd worldwide for the ease of doing business in the last Doing Business Report, published by the World Bank in 2020. This represents a slight decline from the 2019 edition, when the country was ranked 181st. Chad has improved in reducing the time needed to transfer property and thus, accelerating property registration. Most monies invested in the country are absorbed by the oil and gas sector, despite efforts in the infrastructure sector. Although Chad is open to investments, the lack of diversification of the economy added to difficulty of starting new businesses and complicated tax procedures are major constraints. There are also the poor state of infrastructures, a narrow domestic market and shortage of skilled labour. Nevertheless, the government has set reforms aimed at boosting business climate. It also planned to halve property registration cost. Although the country is open to investments, it is difficult to invest in Chad due to the relatively unfavourable business climate. Insecurity, political instability and poor infrastructure, as well as a limited domestic market and a shortage of skilled labour remain major obstacles to investment. Protection of private property is inadequate, and fraud is common in property transactions. In 2021, the British oil company Savannah Energy acquired both Petronas's and ExxonMobil's assets in Chad for USD 626 million, gaining control over the companies' oil fields in southern Chad, as well as a major pipeline transporting oil to a marine terminal for exportation in Cameroon.

 
 
Foreign Direct Investment 201920202021
FDI Inward Flow (million USD) 567558562
FDI Stock (million USD) 6,4957,0537,615
Number of Greenfield Investments* 112
Value of Greenfield Investments (million USD) 519927

Source: UNCTAD - Latest available data.

Note: * Greenfield Investments are a form of Foreign Direct Investment where a parent company starts a new venture in a foreign country by constructing new operational facilities from the ground up.

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What to consider if you invest in Chad

Strong Points
Among the factors that make Chad an attractive destination for FDIs there are:
the country’s membership of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) common market and of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA),
incentives to foreign companies, including a tax exemption of up to five years,
the fact that the government is currently implementing effective laws to foster competition and establish clear rules based on Uniform Acts produced OHADA,
the country’s potential in the oil sector, with new oil fields exploitation being planned,
the approval in 2017 of a USD 9 billion National Development Plan (NDP) with the objective of boosting the private sector and improving the business climate (focusing on mining and agricultural sectors).
Weak Points
Several factors hinder FDIs inflows to Chad, including:
-regional instability (due to terrorist attacks by Boko Haram and an influx of refugees along the Chad-Sudan-Central African Republic (CAR) border

-the geographical isolation of Chad
-the fact that the country is too heavily reliant on the oil sector (about 20% of GDP and 60% of exports)
-high poverty rate (40% of the population in 2019 according to the World Bank)
-high level of corruption and weak contract enforcement
-the poor business climate (in 2018, the World Bank ranked Chad 181st out of 190 countries for ease of doing business)
-poor transport infrastructure, a lack of skilled labour, and unreliable energy supply.

Government Measures to Motivate or Restrict FDI
The government of Chad is implementing several policies in an effort to boost private investments and FDIs influx. The Chadian tax code offers incentives to new business start-ups, new activities, or substantial extensions of existing activities, provided that the companies are active in some specific sectors (industrial, mining, agricultural, forestry, and real estate) and that they do not compete with existing enterprises already operating in a satisfactory manner (art. 16 and 118 of the National Investment Charter). Suitable companies can obtain a five-year exemption from several taxes (like the corporate income tax and the individual income tax, real estate levies on developed and undeveloped land, the flat rate levy and the apprenticeship levy, etc.). A preferential tax regime applies to contractors and sub-contractors for major oil projects.
Furthermore, normally foreign investors may also carry on investment-specific negotiations directly with the government of Chad in order to obtain other incentives (such as permissions to import labour or agreements to work with specific local suppliers). Investors may address inquiries about possible incentives directly to the Ministry of Industrial and Commercial Development and Private Sector Promotion, or the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. However, there have been reports where the government has changed the terms of contracts or applied new laws with retroactive effect also to companies that had pre-existing agreements.
Chadian law protects businesses from nationalization and expropriation, except in cases where expropriation is in the public interest.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
According to Chadian laws, foreign entities may freely establish and own business enterprises. The National Investment Charter guarantees both foreign companies and individual’s equal standing with Chadian companies and individuals in the privatization process.
Acquisition of Holdings
The National Investment Charter permits full foreign ownership of companies in Chad. The only limit on foreign control is on ownership of companies operating in sectors related to national security.
Obligation to Declare
Foreign businesses interested in investing in or establishing an office in Chad should contact the National Agency for Investment and Exports (ANIE).
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
The National Agency for Investment and Exports (ANIE)
Requests For Specific Authorisations
No specific authorizations are required for any sector.

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