Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Mauritania. 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 3,889,880
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,060
City covered Nouakchott
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
176 173 down -3

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
44.21 44.69 down -0.48
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change 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 2015 Rank 164 DB 2014 Rank*** 166 Change in Rank up2
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 65.83 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 58.17 Change in DTF** (% points) up7.66

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)
7.0 7.8 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)
9.0 27.9 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)
19.8 56.2 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)
331.8 95.6 8.8
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 with the Commercial Registry (Greffe du Tribunal de Commerce) and the National Social Security Fund (Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale) 2 days included in previous procedure
5 Register with the Tax Department (Direction Générale des Impots) and obtain a tax identification number 1 day no charge
* 6 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
* 7 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 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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