Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Uganda. 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 36,345,860
GNI Per Capita (US$) 440
City covered Kampala
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
132 126 down -6

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
53.89 53.66 down 0.23
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 151 DB 2013 Rank*** 146 Change in Rank down-5
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 58.71 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 58.69 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.02

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

Indicator Uganda 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)
15 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)
32.0 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)
78.3 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 Submit the Name Reservation Form to the assessment window of the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) and obtain the bank payment slip 1 day USH 25,000 + USH 2,000 bank fee
2 Pay the name reservation fees at the bank 1 day included in previous procedure
3 Reserve the company name 1 day no charge
4 Sign the declaration of compliance before a Commissioner of Oaths 1 day USH 2,000 -10,000
5 Obtain the slip-in for the payment of the registration fee and the stamp duty from URSB 1 day no charge
6 Pay the registration fees at a designated bank 1 day no charge
7 File the registration documents at the Office of the Registrar and Obtain the Certificate of Incorporation 1 day see comments
8 Obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) and Register for taxes at the Uganda Revenue Authority 5 days no charge
9 Receive inspection of the business premises by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) 1 day no charge
10 Obtain the application forms for the trading license 1 day no charge
11 Receive inspection of the business premises by the licensing officer and Obtain the assessment form 1 day no charge
12 Pay the license fee at the bank 1 day see the following procedure
13 Obtain the trading license 10 days USH 400,000
14 Register with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) 4 days no charge
15 Make a company seal 2 days USH 225,000

** 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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