Zambia

Ease of Doing Business in

Zambia

This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Zambia. 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 14,538,640
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,480
City covered Lusaka
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
111 107 down -4

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
59.65 59.84 down -0.19
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business

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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 68 DB 2014 Rank*** 72 Change in Rank up4
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 88.63 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 86.80 Change in DTF** (% points) up1.83

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

Indicator Zambia 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)
5.0 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)
6.5 27.3 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)
31.9 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)
0.0 95.6 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Check name for uniqueness at PACRA Less than one day (online procedure) ZMW 10
2 Register the company at PACRA 3 days see comments
3 Register with the local Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) office, direct tax division to obtain a corporate tax number 1 day no charge
4 Register with National Pension Scheme Authority for Social Security 1 day no charge
5 Pay business levy to the Lusaka City Council 1 day ZMW 450

**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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