Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Namibia. 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 Upper middle income
Population 2,259,393
GNI Per Capita (US$) 5,670
City covered Windhoek
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
98 94 down -4

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
62.18 62.20 down -0.02
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 132 DB 2013 Rank*** 132 Change in Rank 0
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 67.85 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 67.40 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.45

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

Indicator Namibia 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)
66.0 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)
14.7 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 18 days included in the cost of registration
2 Pay the registration fees and buy revenue stamps at the Receiver of Revenue 1 day ND 230 - ND 250
3 Hire an attorney to register the company with the Registrar of Companies and Obtain the certificate of incorporation and the certificate of business commencement 14 days about ND 5,750+ ND 556 notary fees
4 Deposit the initial capital in a bank account 1 day no charge
5 Receive fire and health inspection 1 day no charge
6 Obtain the certificate of fitness from the local municipality 1 day ND 47.00 to ND 350 depending on the type of business
7 Register for VAT with the Receiver of Revenue at the Ministry of Finance 9 days no charge
* 8 Register for Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) tax with the Receiver of Revenue 4 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
9 Register employees with the Social Security Commission 21 days ND 10 per employee
* 10 Register employees with the Workmen’s Compensation Commission 20 days (simultaneous with procedure 9) 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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