Sri Lanka

Ease of Doing Business in

Sri Lanka

This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Sri Lanka. 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 South Asia
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 20,483,000
GNI Per Capita (US$) 3,170
City covered Colombo
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
99 105 down 6

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
61.36 60.01 down 1.35
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 104 DB 2014 Rank*** 101 Change in Rank down-3
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 83.01 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 82.34 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.67

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)
9.0 7.9 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)
11.0 16.0 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)
20.7 14.6 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)
0.0 14.2 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a unique company name 2 days LKR 1,000 + 12% VAT
2 The company secretary and director sign a consent 1 day see procedure details
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) from Taxpayer Services Unit of Inland Revenue Department 1 day (simultaneous with procedure 4) no charge
* 6 Register for VAT with the Inland Revenue Department VAT Registration Branch 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 7 Payment of stamp duty on the issued shares at Stamp Duty Branch of Inland Revenue Department 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) 0.5% of the total stated capital in multiples of LKR 5
* 8 Give notice to the Department of Registrar of Companies regarding the issue of shares 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) LKR 1,000 for Form 6
* 9 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 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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