South Sudan

Ease of Doing Business in

South Sudan

This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for South Sudan. 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 10,837,527
GNI Per Capita (US$) 650
City covered Juba
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
186 184 down -2

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
33.58 35.88 down -2.30
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 140 DB 2013 Rank*** 135 Change in Rank down-5
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 49.97 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 51.84 Change in DTF** (% points) down-1.87

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

Indicator South Sudan 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)
13 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)
17.0 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)
372.1 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)
0.0 125.7 10.4
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve the company name at the Business Registry 1 day Cost included in procedure 3
2 Prepare the company documents with a lawyer 1 day SSP 2,500
3 Pay all the fees to register a business at the cashier office of the Business Registry 1 day 15 SSP for the name search+25 for application form + SSP 1145 for certificate
4 Obtain the Certificate of Incorporation from the Business Registry 2 days fees included in procedure 3
5 Obtain an Operating License from the Government of Central Equatoria 2 days SSP 2,000
* 6 Obtain a Trading License from the payam (Juba city authority) 4 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) SSP 1,800
* 7 Inspection by the payam 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 8 Register with the Ministry of Finance and request a Tax Identification Number (TIN) 7 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 9 Inspection by the Ministry of Finance to deliver the TIN number 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 10 Register with the Chamber of Commerce 7 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) SSP 600
* 11 Register with the Ministry of Labor 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 12 Open a separate bank account for social security payments 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 13 Obtain a company seal 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) SSP 90
* 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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