Ease of Doing Business in


Angola Download Profile (1855.6KB, pdf)
Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 25,021,974
GNI Per Capita (US$) 4,180
City covered Luanda



DB 2017 Rank



DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 182 181 down
38.41 38.46 down
Starting a Business 144 139 down
77.34 76.79 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 111 107 down
66.51 66.65 down
Getting Electricity 171 167 down
40.84 42.63 down
Registering Property 170 168 down
40.64 40.87 down
Getting Credit 181 181
5.00 5.00
Protecting Minority Investors 81 78 down
55.00 55.00
Paying Taxes 157 161 up
53.23 52.16 up
Trading across Borders 183 183
19.27 19.27
Enforcing Contracts 186 186
26.26 26.26
Resolving Insolvency 169 169
0.00 0.00

Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank: 144

DB 2016 Rank: 139

Change in Rank: down5

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 77.34

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 76.79

Change in DTF (% points): up0.55

Indicator Angola Sub-Saharan Africa OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 8.0 7.8 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 36.0 27.3 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 27.5 54.0 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 8.0 7.9 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 36.0 27.5 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 27.5 54.1 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.0 33.1 9.2
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

Search for a unique company name and pick up the relevant certificate

Agency: Ficheiro Central de Denominação Social

The company name can be verified at the commercial registry (Ficheiro Central de Denominações Sociais), affiliated with the Ministry of Justice.

To obtain the company name certificate, an application (with copy of identification attached) must be filed with the one stop shop (Guichê Único da Empresa), as follows:
1. State the company’s proposed name
2. Request the issuance of a certificate, confirming that such name is acceptable and is not similar to any existing company name

Fees for company name certificate:
- Form: Kz 400
- Certificate: Kz 29,090
1 day Kz 400 + Kz 29,090

Pay the registration fee

Agency: One-stop shop (Guichê Único da Empresa)

Fees are paid at the bank counter within the one-stop shop (Guichê Único da Empresa) to facilitate payment of the different fees. Each agency and fees goes to a specific account and payments can be made cash or by card.

The cost of incorporating a Sociedade por Quotas de Responsabilidade Limitada (LDA) is Kz. 12,000 (10,000 for incorporation, 1,000 for GUE service fee and 1,000 for the publication in the official gazette).
1 day Kz 12,000

Verify the company documents at the Guichê Único da Empresa

Agency: One-stop shop (Guichê Único da Empresa)

Companies have 2 options: either to resort to a lawyer's services to draft the company documents or to fill in the standards documents themselves. If the company decides to use the standard Statutes of Association from the Guichê Único da Empresa (2 pages), it takes around 1 hour to complete. The applicant just enters the information (ID info of associates, address, activities of company) and confirms that the articles are applicable to the type of company as the Guichê has 4 different types of statutes. In the case statutes are prepared by a lawyer, the process might take 1/2 to 1 day for lawyers to review.
1 day included in procedure 2

Obtain NIF

Agency: One-stop shop (Guichê Único da Empresa)

Once documents are verified and completed, applicants must apply to the National Tax Office (Direcção National dos Impostos) to obtain the National Identification Number (NIF).

1 day no charge

Notarize company draft documents and register the company

Agency: One-stop shop (Guichê Único da Empresa)

The applicant submits the dossier to the Notary Public at the Guichê Único da Empresa. Once the Notary reviews and notarizes the dossier, he will have a reading with the applicant present or the accredited person to ensure that there are no mistakes. This service fee is included in the Guichê fees and takes a day depending on room availability and complexity of the company’s Articles of incorporation. After this lecture, the notary makes copies and send to each of the agencies involved a copy for approval and filing. The centralized post distribute these to the representatives of National Press (Imprensa National), National Institute of Statistics, Tax office of the Ministry of Finance, Social Security Institute and the Ministry of Public Administration, Employment, and Social Security.

Each agent from each institution is in charge of sending the files to his/her agency, but this doesn't impede on the process of registration. For Imprensa National, the receipt is sufficient to continue the process. Despite the fact that law says that documents should be published before getting the license to operate, the system at Imprensa National makes it unlikely for daily or weekly publication, therefore the Ministry of Commerce uses the receipt as proof.

Each of the organizations sited above have a representative within Guichê Único da Empresa with authority to deliver the accreditation that the step has been accomplished.
2 days included in procedure 2

Obtain the Commercial Operations Permit from the Ministry of Commerce

Agency: Municipality

To carry out commercial activities in Angola, a company must obtain a commercial operations permit (Alvará) from the Ministry of Commerce. To apply for the issuance of the commercial operations permit, the following documents must be filed with the Municipal Delegation of the Ministry of Commerce:
(a) company’s notary deed of incorporation;
(b) copy of the tax identification card;
(c) commercial registration certificate;
(d) statistical registration certificate;
(e) extracts from the criminal record of the founders;
(f) opinion, by the relevant administrative authority, on the company’s geographical location and social and economic feasibility; and
(g) a photocopy of ID or passport. For the issuance of the commercial operations permit, one requirement is for the relevant administrative authorities to inspect the company’s premises to confirm they are suitable for commercial activities.

In order to obtain the license, some inspections to the facilities need to take place in some businesses.

Since the Decree no. 40/12 came into effect, it is now possible to get a provisional license right away giving the firm a permit to operate for 180 days while the definitive license is issued by the Ministry of Commerce. The entrepreneur can apply online to schedule the inspection through the following website: http://silac.minco.gov.ao/Login.aspx

The fee schedule is as follows:
199 square meters - Kz 15,000
200 - 499 square meters - Kz 35,000
500 - 999 square meters - Kz 75,000
1,000 - 1,999 square meters - Kz 200,000
Greater than 2,000 square meters - Kz 350,000
Between 15-45 days see procedure details
* 7

Legalize the inventory book with the Tax Office

Agency: Tax Office

The inventory book is taken annually to the Tax Office for registration of the annual accounts.
1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) USD 3
* 8

Legalize the inventory book with the Judge of the Provincial Court

Agency: Provincial Court

The inventory book must also be legalized with the Judge of the Provincial Court who has jurisdiction over the area where the business is located.
1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) USD 20

* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.