Ease of Doing Business in

South Sudan

South Sudan Download Profile (1740.8KB, pdf)
Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Low income
Population 12,339,812
GNI Per Capita (US$) 790
City covered Juba



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 186 187 up
33.48 33.48
Starting a Business 181 180 down
53.96 53.96
Dealing with Construction Permits 178 176 down
47.68 47.63 up
Getting Electricity 188 188
0.00 0.00
Registering Property 181 181
31.64 31.64
Getting Credit 175 174 down
10.00 10.00
Protecting Minority Investors 179 181 up
28.33 28.33
Paying Taxes 68 66 down
77.09 77.10 down
Trading across Borders 177 177
26.19 26.19
Enforcing Contracts 73 73
59.91 59.91
Resolving Insolvency 169 169
0.00 0.00

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Legal form Limited Liability Company
Paid-in minimum capital requirement SSP 0
City Juba
Indicator South Sudan Sub-Saharan Africa OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 13 7.8 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 14 27.3 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 422.4 54.0 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 13 7.9 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 14 27.5 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 422.4 54.1 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0 33.1 9.2
  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Reserve the company name

    Agency: Business Registry

    The entrepreneur submits a standard form with three different business names to check the availability. Once the availability is confirmed, the entrepreneur can reserve the name, which will be valid for 30 days. The name search has been computerized. This process can be completed on the spot at the Business Registry. The ‘data officer’ signs the name search form approving the name of the company.

    1 day fees included in procedure 3

    Prepare the company documents with a lawyer

    Agency: Law firm

    The entrepreneur prepares the Memorandum and Articles of Association with a lawyer. The Business Registry requires entrepreneurs to use a lawyer to draft the MoA. The MoA has to state the objectives of the company; list and postal address of the shareholders and include the articles of association. Copies of the passports or nationality IDs are also attached. The lawyer who drafts the Memorandum and articles of association must be an enrolled advocate in the republic of South Sudan and must hold a valid practicing license for that specific year.

    1 day SSP 2,500

    Pay all the fees to register a business at a designated bank

    Agency: Bank

    All fees are paid at once, before submitting the final documents to obtain the certificate of incorporation. The fees are paid at the Buffalo commercial bank. The applicant completes a form for payments which can be picked from the Ministry of Justice, office of the Registrar of Companies. The lawyer or the entrepreneur obtains a receipt as proof of payment.
    The fees for incorporation have been approved by the Ministry of Finance in 2011.

    1 day SSP 15 for the name search + SSP 25 for application form + SSP 1,145 for certificate + SSP 5 for bank charge

    Obtain the Certificate of Incorporation from the Business Registry

    Agency: Business Registry

    The advocate collects the necessary documents (name search form signed, MoA and receipt of payment) at the business registry and obtains the Certificate of Incorporation. At the registry, the documents are assigned to one of the legal counselors seated at the business registry. There are 9 people working as legal counselors divided in 3 sections: 4 for limited liability companies, 3 for business names and partnerships and 2 for NGOs. They check the activities, capital and shareholders of the companies. After approval by the legal counselors, the certificate of registration is printed and signed by the Registrar. The Registrar is the only person who can sign the certificate. This certificate has to be renewed at the registry every year.

    2 days fees included in procedure 3

    Obtain an Operating License

    Agency: Government of Jubek State

    The entrepreneur fills in a form, presents the Certificate of Incorporation, indicates the address of the company headquarters, and pays the fees to the Jubek State Revenue Authority. An official from the Directorate of Trade should visit the office to confirm its whereabouts, but it does not happen in practice.

    2 days SSP 5,000
    * 6

    Obtain a Trading License

    Agency: The Payam

    An application form is filled out and the companies' documents are submitted to the Executive Director at the Payam (Juba City Authority).

    2 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) SSP 1,800
    * 7

    Inspection by the Payam

    Agency: The Payam

    The Payam does an inspection of the business premises.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
    * 8

    Register with the Ministry of Finance and request a Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    Agency: Ministry of Finance

    Companies need to request a TIN number from the Ministry of Finance.

    7 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
    * 9

    Inspection and delivery of the TIN number

    Agency: Ministry of Finance

    The directorate of taxation inspects the location to verify the address. The Ministry of Finance wants to reduce the occurrence of ‘brief-case’ companies (people working at home or from a hotel).

    Upon obtaining a TIN, all companies are required to pay an amount equal to 10% of their monthly rent as a tax.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
    * 10

    Register with the Chamber of Commerce

    Agency: Chamber of Commerce

    All businesses must register with the Chamber of Commerce in order to obtain tax clearance and conduct certain commercial operations. Additionally, the membership card/Chamber of Commerce certificate is required to open a bank account. Only the certificate of incorporation is needed to register with the Chamber of Commerce.

    7 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) SSP 600
    * 11

    Register with the Ministry of Labor

    Agency: Ministry of Labor

    Part X of the Labor Act of Sudan (1997) establishes that the company must deposit the basic work and penalties regulations with the competent labor office. The Ministry of Labor approves the contract of the company’s employees. Once a year, the Ministry of Labor asks the company to submit the list of its employees.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
    * 12

    Open a separate bank account for social security payments

    Agency: Bank

    There is no social security fund or institution yet in South Sudan. As a temporary measure, the Ministry of Public Labor, Public Service & Human Resource Development of the Government of Southern Sudan issued a circular (Circular J/5/21, March 22, 2010) instructing companies to open a separate bank account to deposit social security payments until a new mechanism is devised.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
    * 13

    Obtain a company seal

    Agency: Sealmaker

    The Company Act of 2012 requires companies to obtain a company seal. The seals can be acquired at any shop.

    1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) SSP 90

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.