Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Haiti. 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 Low income
Population 10,317,461
GNI Per Capita (US$) 810
City covered Port au Prince
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
180 181 down 1

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
42.18 41.46 down 0.72

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 188 DB 2014 Rank*** 187 Change in Rank down-1
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 33.48 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 33.39 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.09

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

Indicator Haiti 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)
12.0 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)
97.0 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)
246.7 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)
17.6 3.2 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Prepare the company statutes ( Articles and Memorandum of Association) 10 days included in the notary fees
2 Notarize the company deeds and articles of association 7 days HTG 15,000-HTG 25,000
3 Deposit the legally required initial capital in the National Bank and obtain deposit evidence 1 day no charge
4 Register the statutes with the Direction Générale des Impôts (DGI) 1 day HTG 250 (frais de dossier) + HTG 25 (vignette bleue)
5 Registration with the Commercial Registry at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and obtain the authorization of operations (Droit de fonctionnement) 78 days on average HTG 1,500 for registration + HTG 250 (frais de dossier) + HTG 25 (vignette bleue) + HTG 20,000 for publication in Le Moniteur (10-25 pages)
* 6 Obtain the Tax ID number (numero d’identification fiscale -NIF) from the Tax authorities (DGI), pay fees, and obtain certificate of patente 15 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) HTG 50 (tax ID card) + 2% of initial capital + 0.3% per share + HTG 102 (droit de fonctionnement) + HTG 5 (taxe carte d’identite professionelle)
* 7 Obtain the “Carte d’Identite Professionelle” from the Ministry of Commerce 17 days on average (simultaneous with previous procedure) cost included in procedure 5
* 8 Obtain special commercial books 2 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) HTG 5,000
* 9 Notification to the Labor Ministry about hiring 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 10 Legalize the commercial books 7 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) HTG 1,000
* 11 Register for social security (OFATMA) 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 12 Register for Retirement Insurance Office (ONA) 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) 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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