Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Eritrea. 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 Low income
Population 6,130,922
GNI Per Capita (US$) 450
City covered Asmara
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
184 185 down 1

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
34.69 34.47 down 0.22

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 2014 Rank 95 DB 2013 Rank*** 96 Change in Rank up1
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 68.50 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 67.92 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.58
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 5 5

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)
59 141 89

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)
3,352.1 4,819.9 79.1
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Customer hires specialized electrician to conduct internal wiring inspection 1 calendar day USD 800.0
2 Customer applies to Inspection Unit of utility for internal wiring inspection and receives internal wiring inspection 14 calendar days no charge
3 Customer submits application for new connection and awaits external inspection 7 calendar days USD 10.0
4 Customer receives inspection and estimate and signs supply contract 7 calendar days USD 14,274.5
5 Utility conducts external connection works, meter installation and electricity starts flowing 30 calendar days no charge

** 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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