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Registration of a Co-operative Society


A Co-operative Society is an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily come together to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

Who is eligible?
  • Group of ten (10) people or more, aged eighteen (18) years and above, for all other types.
  • Group of twenty (20) people or more, aged eighteen (18) and above, for Financial co-operatives.
How do I get this service?

Visit the Co-operatives office in your locality and submit an application for registration made to the Director on the application form for co-op which shall be signed by all members.

  • If satisfied that the society has met all the requirements and approves registration, the Director shall issue a certificate of registration to the society together with a certified copy of the bye-laws. 
  • If the Director refuses to register a society, he/she shall give reasons for the refusal in writing to the applicants. 
  • If not happy with the decision of the director, lodge an appeal with the Minister within one (1) month. The Minister’s decision on the appeal shall be final.
What supporting documents are required?
  • 3 copies of bye-laws [i.e. rules set by the members in order to guide in carrying out the day to day activities of a Co-operative Society, formulated prior to registration and must be in line with the Co-operative Act] written in English
  • A report on the viability of the proposed Co-operative which shall be in the prescribed form
How long will this service take?

Fourteen (14) working days.

How much does it cost?

BWP 20.00

Where can I obtain this service?

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry 

Department for Co-operative Development 

Head Office and Regional Offices

Where can I get more information on this Service

Department for Co-operative Development

Gaborone Head office

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry

Annex Building

Plot 54380, Central Business District, Gaborone

P O Box 86


Tel: 3994600/3102315

Fax: 3951657

Regional Co-operative Officer

Gaborone Regional Office

Private Bag 0083


Tel: 3121090

Fax: 3121060


Regional Co-operative Officer

Gantsi Regional Office

P O Box 152


Tel: 6596271

Fax: 6596177


Regional Co-operative Officer

Francistown Regional Office

P O Box 304


Tel: 2412339

Fax: 2421551


Tsabong Co-operative Officer

Tsabong Regional Office

P O Box 249


Tel: 6540026

Fax: 6540087


Regional Co-operative Officer

Maun Regional Office

P O Box 403


Tel: 6860419

Fax: 6861622



Regional Co-operative Officer

Kasane Regional Office

P O Box 222


Tel: 6250339

Fax: 6251068


Regional Co-operative Officer

Molepolole Regional Office

Private Bag 23


Tel: 5920529                       

Fax: 5920300


Regional Co-operative Officer

Selibe Phikwe Regional Office

Private Bag 47

Selibe Phikwe

Tel: 2610629

Fax: 2613339


Regional Co-operative Officer

Serowe Regional Office

P O Box 61


Tel: 4630292

Fax: 4633070


District Co-operative Officer

Letlhakane District Office

Private Bag 20


Tel: 2976754    

 Fax: 2978426


Botswana Co-operative Training Centre

P O Box 86


Tel: 3712438

Fax: 3951609


Hukuntsi District Officer

Hukuntsi District Office

Private Bag 001


Tel: 6510380


District Co-operative Officer

Mahalapye District Office

Private Bag 71


Tel: 4713432

Fax: 4713253


Mochudi District Officer

Mochudi District Office

Private Bag 003


Tel: 5777644/57

Fax: 577733


Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry

Private Bag 004

Plot 54380, Central Business District
Tel. (+267) 3601200
Fax. (+267) 3971539
Email. mitipru [at]

Opening hours: 07:30 to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30 Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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