Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Eritrea. 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 Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Low income
Population 6,333,135
GNI Per Capita (US$) 490
City covered Asmara
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
189 189 0

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
33.16 32.72 down 0.44

Getting Electricity


The challenges required for a business to obtain a permanent electricity connection for a newly constructed warehouse are shown below. Included are the number of steps, time, and cost.

DB 2015 Rank 113 DB 2014 Rank*** 109 Change in Rank down-4
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 70.28 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 69.15 Change in DTF** (% points) up1.13
Indicator Eritrea Sub-Saharan Africa OECD

The number of procedures to obtain a permanent electricity connection. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company employees or the company’s main electrician with external parties.

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Procedures (number)
5.0 5.5 4.7

The number of days to obtain a permanent electricity connection. The measure captures the median duration that the electricity utility and experts indicate is necessary in practice, rather than required by law, to complete a procedure.

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Time (days)
59.0 138.3 76.8

The cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. Costs are recorded exclusive of value added tax.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
3,078.5 4,348.5 73.2
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Customer hires specialized electrician to conduct internal wiring inspection 1 calendar day USD 800
2 Customer applies to Inspection Unit of utility for internal wiring inspection and receives internal wiring inspection 14 calendar days USD 0
3 Customer submits application for new connection and awaits external inspection 7 calendar days USD 10
4 Customer receives inspection and estimate and signs supply contract 7 calendar days USD 14,274.47
5 Utility conducts external connection works, meter installation and electricity starts flowing 30 calendar days USD 0

**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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