Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Kenya. 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 43,178,141
GNI Per Capita (US$) 840
City covered Nairobi
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
129 122 down -7

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
58.70 58.97 down -0.27

Subnational Data


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 134 DB 2013 Rank*** 128 Change in Rank down-6
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 72.46 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 72.17 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.29

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

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)
10 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)
32.0 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)
38.2 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)
0.0 125.7 10.4
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a unique company name at the Companies Registry 3 days KES 100 per name reservation
2 Stamp the memorandum and articles of association, and a statement of the nominal capital 5 days 1% of nominal capital + KES 2,020 for stamp duty on Memorandum and Articles of Association
3 Pay stamp duty at a designated bank 1 day KES 100 for bank commission
4 Sign the Declaration of Compliance before a commissioner of oaths or a notary public 1 day KES 200
5 Register with the Registrar of Companies at the Attorney General Chambers in Nairobi 7- 14 days KES 7,000
6 Register for taxes at the Kenya Revenue Authority 1 day no charge
7 Apply for a business permit 5 days KES 10,000
8 Register with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) 1 day no charge
9 Register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) 1 day no charge
10 Make a company seal 2 days between KES 2,500 and KES 3,500

** 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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