Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Liberia. 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 4,190,435
GNI Per Capita (US$) 370
City covered Monrovia
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
144 149 down 5

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
51.63 49.73 down 1.90
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Doing Business reform making it more difficult to do business.

Dealing with Construction Permits


Shown below are the procedures, time, and costs to build a warehouse, including obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections, and obtaining utility connections.

DB 2014 Rank 129 DB 2013 Rank*** 129 Change in Rank 0
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 67.36 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 65.24 Change in DTF** (% points) up2.12
Indicator Liberia Sub-Saharan Africa OECD

The total number of procedures required to build a warehouse. A procedure is any interaction of the company’s employees or managers with external parties.

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Procedures (number)
23 15 13

The total number of days required to build a warehouse. The measure captures the median duration that local experts indicate is necessary to complete a procedure in practice.

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Time (days)
75.0 171.1 147.1

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. Only official costs are recorded.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
363.0 736.8 84.1
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Submit plans to Ministry of public works 1 day no charge
2 Receive inspection from Zoning division, Ministry of public works 1 day no charge
3 Obtain payment slip from the MPW 1 day USD 700
4 Obtain construction permit from MPW 28 days no charge
5 Obtain construction clearance from the City Corporation of Monrovia 2 days USD 560
6 Receive inspection from MPW - I 1 day no charge
7 Receive inspection from MPW - II 1 day no charge
8 Receive inspection from MPW - III 1 day no charge
9 Receive inspection from MPW - IV 1 day no charge
10 Receive inspection from MPW - V 1 day no charge
11 Receive inspection from MPW - Vl 1 day no charge
12 Receive inspection from MPW - VII 1 day no charge
13 Receive inspection from MPW - VIII 1 day no charge
14 Receive inspection from MPW - IX 1 day no charge
15 Receive inspection from MPW - X 1 day no charge
16 Receive inspection from MPW - XI 1 day no charge
17 Receive inspection from MPW - XII 1 day no charge
18 Request and obtain fixed line from LIBTELCO 7 days USD 25
* 19 Register with water company 1 day no charge
* 20 Receive inspection from Water and Sewer Corporation 1 day no charge
* 21 Obtain water and sewage connection 14 days USD 54
22 Request and obtain occupancy permit 10 days no charge
23 Register the building at Probate Court 3 days LRD 300
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

** 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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