Sri Lanka

Ease of Doing Business in

Sri Lanka

This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Sri Lanka. 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 South Asia
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 20,328,000
GNI Per Capita (US$) 2,920
City covered Colombo
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
85 83 down -2

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
61.83 60.87 down 0.96
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 54 DB 2013 Rank*** 47 Change in Rank down-7
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 86.96 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 86.87 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.09

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

Indicator Sri Lanka South Asia 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)
6 7 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)
8.0 16.2 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)
20.5 19.8 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 15.8 10.4
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a unique company name 2 days LKR 1,000 + 12% VAT
2 The company secretary signs a consent 1 day There is no specific fee schedule for company secretaries. The fees vary from firm to firm, and is generally based on a quarterly retainer
3 Register at the Department of the Registrar of Companies 2 days LKR 15,000 as the registration fee for Form 1 and LKR 1,000 for each of Forms 18 and 19 and the articles of association + 12% VAT
4 Public Notice of Incorporation 3 days LKR 7,000
* 5 Register with the tax authorities and obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) 1 day (simultaneous with procedure 4) no charge
* 6 Register with the Department of Labor and obtain the EPF number 1 day (simultaneous with procedure 4) 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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