Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Swaziland. 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 Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 1,249,514
GNI Per Capita (US$) 3,080
City covered Mbabane
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
110 111 down 1

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
59.77 59.29 down 0.48
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 145 DB 2014 Rank*** 146 Change in Rank up1
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 73.47 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 70.91 Change in DTF** (% points) up2.56

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

Indicator Swaziland 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)
12.0 7.8 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)
30.0 27.9 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)
23.3 56.2 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)
0.4 95.6 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a unique company name at the Companies Registry 1 day SZL 20
2 Pay the name reservation and registration fees 1 day included in procedure 5
3 Obtain tax clearance for company directors 1 day no charge
4 Preparation of the memorandum and articles of association by a lawyer 2 days SZL 1,500 - SZL 3,000
5 Register with the Company Registrar 10 days SZL 360
6 Obtain a bank statement 1 day no charge
* 7 Obtain a company Tax Identification Number (TIN) 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 8 Receive inspection by the Health Department or City Council 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) included in license cost
9 Request and Obtain a trading license 12 days SZL 50 to SZL 10,000 (most likely a general services or manufacturing company would pay a license of SZL 3,000 to SZL 5,000, therefore SZL 4,000 is a reasonable estimate for this fee)
* 10 Pay the trading license fee 1 day (simultaneous with procedure 9) included in previous procedure
* 11 Register workers with the Provident Fund 1 day (simultaneous with procedure 9) no charge
* 12 Enroll workers in the worker's compensation insurance 1 day (simultaneous with procedure 9) 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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