Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Mauritania. 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 Lower middle income
Population 3,796,141
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,110
City covered Nouakchott
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
173 171 down -2

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
43.39 43.07 down 0.32
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Doing Business reform making it more difficult to do business.

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 173 DB 2013 Rank*** 163 Change in Rank down-10
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 60.63 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 59.79 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.84

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

Indicator Mauritania 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)
9 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)
19.0 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)
46.1 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)
314.4 125.7 10.4
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Deposit the capital in a bank and obtain proof thereof 1 day no charge
2 Submit the company’s deed and articles of association to the notary 1 day 2% of capital up to MRO 1,000,000 + 1.5% of capital from MRO 1,000,001 to MRO 3,000,000 + 1% of capital from MRO 3,000,001 to MRO 7,000,000.
3 File the company statutes with the "Direction des Domaines" 1 day 0.25 % of capital + MRO 200 per page for stamps
4 Register at the Commercial Registry (Greffe du Tribunal de Commerce) 2 days included in previous procedure
5 Publication in a newspaper 2 weeks MRO 20,000 to 30,000
* 6 Register with the Tax Department (Direction Générale des Impots) and obtain a tax identification number 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) MRO 60,000
* 7 Register for social security with the National Social Security Fund (Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale) 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 8 Apply for a business permit from the Ministry of Labor 4 days, depending on complexity of drafting and availability of notary (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 9 Notify the Labor Inspector of business commencement 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 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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