Congo, Rep.

Ease of Doing Business in

Congo, Rep.

This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for the Republic of Congo. The first table lists the overall "Ease of Doing Business" rank (out of 189 economies) and the rankings by each topic. It also lists the economy's distance to frontier (DTF)** measure. The rest of the tables summarize the key indicators for each topic and benchmark against regional and high-income economy (OECD) averages.

Economy Overview

Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 4,337,051
GNI Per Capita (US$) 2,550
City covered Brazzaville
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
185 186 down 1

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
38.98 37.21 down 1.77
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Doing Business reform making it more difficult to do business.

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 2014 Rank 182 DB 2013 Rank*** 183 Change in Rank up1
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 50.06 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 46.53 Change in DTF** (% points) up3.53

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

Indicator Congo, Rep. Sub-Saharan Africa 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)
11 8 5

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)
101.0 29.7 11.1

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)
52.1 67.4 3.6

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)
78.5 125.7 10.4
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Deposit the legally required capital in a bank and obtain the deposit evidence. 1 day no charge
2 Draft and notarize the articles of association with the public notary 3 days XAF for 300,000 notary fees + XAF 12,000 for stamps
3 Register articles of association with tax authorities 2 days no charge
4 Obtain extracts of criminal record of the company manager 1 day XAF 2,000
5 Register articles of association with the commercial registrar at the Clerk’s Office of the Court 1 day included in procedure 6
6 Register with the Centre des Formalités des Entreprises 30 days XAF 300,000
7 Register with the tax authorities 30 days included in procedure 6
8 Publish the notice of company formation in a legal journal 4 days XAF 50,000
* 9 Notify the Ministry of Labor (ONEMO) of the start of operations 2 days (simultaneous with procedure 8) no charge
* 10 Register with the Regional Direction of Labor 1 day (simultaneous with procedure 8) no charge
* 11 Register with the Social Security Authorities 30 days (simultaneous with procedure 8) no charge
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

** The distance to frontier (DTF) measure shows the distance of each economy to the "frontier," which represents the highest performance observed on each of the topics including Getting Electricity across all economies included in Doing Business. An economy’s distance to frontier is indicated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 the frontier. Read more...

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

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