El Salvador

Ease of Doing Business in

El Salvador

This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for El Salvador. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 6,340,454
GNI Per Capita (US$) 3,720
City covered San Salvador
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
109 106 down -3

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
59.93 59.90 down 0.03

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2015 Rank 121 DB 2014 Rank*** 114 Change in Rank down-7
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 79.87 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 79.78 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.09

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator El Salvador Latin America & Caribbean OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
8.0 8.3 4.8

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
16.5 30.1 9.2

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
45.2 31.1 3.4

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
2.7 3.2 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Deposit the legally required initial capital in a Salvadoran bank and obtain deposit evidence or certified check. 1 day no charge
2 Check the uniqueness of the company name in the Registry of Commerce Less than one day (online procedure) no charge
3 Notarize the articles of association 2 days Between USD 500 and USD 1,000
4 Register with the Registry of Commerce and publication and legalization of books 3 days see comments
5 Accounting system 10 days USD 450
* 6 Register employees with any of the Pension Fund Administrators (Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones). 3 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 7 Register the company for tax at the Mayor’s Office 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) USD 50
* 8 Make a company seal 2 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) USD 15
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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