Kenya

Ease of Doing Business in

Kenya

This page summarizes Doing Business 2016 data for Kenya. 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 Lower middle income
Population 45,545,980
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,280
City covered Nairobi
Doing Business 2016 Rank Doing Business 2015 Rank
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DOING BUSINESS 2015 RANK

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

Change in Rank
108 129 down 21

Doing Business 2016 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

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...

Doing Business 2015 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

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...

Change in DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

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...

58.24 53.60 down 4.64
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Doing Business Resources

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Subnational Data


Starting a Business

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Starting a Business

The steps of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of procedures entrepreneurs can expect to go through to start up and formally operate an industrial or commercial business, as well as the time and cost to complete these procedures and the paid-in minimum capital requirement as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2016 Rank 151 DB 2015 Rank
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DOING BUSINESS 2015 RANK

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

148 Change in Rank down-3
DB 2016 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

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...

74.47 DB 2015 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

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...

72.55 Change in DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

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...

up1.92

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

Indicator Kenya Sub-Saharan Africa OECD high income
Procedures (number)
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Procedures (number)

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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11 8.0 4.7
Time (days)
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Time (days)

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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26.0 26.8 8.3
Cost (% of income per capita)
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Cost (% of income per capita)

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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35.3 53.4 3.2
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)

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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0.0 45.1 9.6
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a unique company name at the Huduma Center or the Companies Registry 1 day on average KES 100 per name reservation
2 Receive stamp duty assessment on the memorandum and articles of association and the statement of the nominal capital 1 day 1% of nominal capital (KES 20 for every KES 2,000 or part thereof of capital) + KES 2,000 for stamp duty on Memorandum and Articles of Association
3 Pay stamp duty at the Huduma Center 1 day KES 110
4 Stamp the memorandum and articles of association, and a statement of the nominal capital 1 day no charge
5 Sign the Declaration of Compliance before a commissioner of oaths or a notary public 1 day KES 200
6 Register with the Registrar of Companies at the Attorney General Chambers in Nairobi 12 days on average KES 9,280
7 Register for taxes at the Kenya Revenue Authority 1 day no charge
8 Apply for a business permit 5 days KES 15,000
9 Register with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) 1 day no charge
10 Register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) 1 day no charge
* 11 Make a company seal 2 days, simultaneous with previous procedure between KES 2,500 and KES 3,500
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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