Antigua and Barbuda

Ease of Doing Business in

Antigua and Barbuda

This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Antigua and Barbuda. 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 High income
Population 89,985
GNI Per Capita (US$) 12,910
City covered St. John's
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
89 83 down -6

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
62.64 62.61 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 102 DB 2014 Rank*** 91 Change in Rank down-11
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 83.28 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 83.25 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.03

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

Indicator Antigua and Barbuda 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)
21.0 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)
10.2 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)
0.0 3.2 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Search and reserve company name 3 days EC 25
2 Have a lawyer prepare the incorporation documents 1 day EC 150
3 Register with the Intellectual Property and Commerce Office (receive the certificate of incorporation) 10 days EC 3,230
4 Make a company seal 5 days EC 200
* 5 Apply for a taxpayer identification number (register the company for taxes) 3 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 6 Register for VAT/ABST identification number 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
7 Register for medical benefits 1 day no charge
8 Register for social security and education levy 1 day no charge
  * 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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