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Ease of Doing Business in

Zambia

Zambia Download Profile (1725.5KB, pdf)
Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 16,211,767
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,490
City covered Lusaka

190

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DB 2017 Rank

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100

DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 98 94 down
4
60.54 60.77 down
0.23
Starting a Business 105 96 down
9
84.95 84.88 up
0.07
Dealing with Construction Permits 78 67 down
11
70.85 71.62 down
0.77
Getting Electricity 153 109 down
44
49.86 62.25 down
12.39
Registering Property 145 170 up
25
49.00 40.61 up
8.39
Getting Credit 20 19 down
1
75.00 75.00
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Protecting Minority Investors 87 85 down
2
53.33 53.33
-
Paying Taxes 58 56 down
2
80.16 79.94 up
0.22
Trading across Borders 161 161
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46.99 46.99
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Enforcing Contracts 135 133 down
2
49.89 49.89
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Resolving Insolvency 83 89 up
6
45.36 43.18 up
2.18

Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank: 105

DB 2016 Rank: 96

Change in Rank: down9

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 84.95

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 84.88

Change in DTF (% points): up0.07

Standardized Company
Legal form: Private Company Limited by shares
Paid-in minimum capital requirement: ZMK 0
City: Lusaka
Indicator Zambia Sub-Saharan Africa OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 7.0 7.8 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 8.5 27.3 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 33.7 54.0 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 7.0 7.9 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 8.5 27.5 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 33.7 54.1 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.0 33.1 9.2
  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Check the company name for uniqueness

    Agency: Patent and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA)

    The name clearance is done at the Patent And Companies Registration Agency (PACRA). Recently, the online name search was also introduced on the website of PACRA.
    Less than one day (online procedure) ZMK 56 for name search and clearance and ZMK 83 for name reservation
    2

    Have a Commissioner of Oaths sign Companies Form 11 (Declaration of Compliance)

    Agency: Commissioner of Oaths

    Section 9 of the Companies Act Cap 388 of the Laws of Zambia enacted in 1994 requires that Companies Form 11 (Declaration of Compliance) must be commissioned by a Commissioner of Oath.

    The cost varies based on the Commissioner. A Commissioner for Oath who has an office next to PACRA head office charges ZMK 20 to Commission the Companies Form 11, others typically between ZMK 30 - ZMK 80. Other Commissioners for Oath such as bank managers and Commissioners from courts do not charge for this service. They offer this service free of charge.
    1 day ZMK 50 on average
    3

    Register the company

    Agency: Patent and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA)

    The registrar is located at the PACRA. PACRA is a stand-alone office with a customer service center, where the applicant submits the completed Form 2: Application for Incorporation, Form 5: Declaration of Consent to act as a Director or Secretary, and Form 11: Declaration of compliance. He or she then receives a case number to track the application status and pays the fees at the cashier. At the end of the process, the applicant obtains the certificate of incorporation and the certificate of share capital.

    The fees payable to PACRA are as follows:
    - Registration Fee: 2.5% of nominal capital (with a minimum fee of ZMK 250)
    - Certificate of incorporation: ZMK 83
    - Certificate of share capital: ZMK 83
    - Companies Form 5: ZMK 83
    - Companies Form 11: ZMK 83
    3 days see procedure details
    4

    Obtain a tax payer's tax number

    Agency: Zambia Revenue Authority

    To obtain a VAT tax number at the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), promoters must file the Certificate of Incorporation.
    1 day no charge
    5

    Register for Social Security

    Agency: National Pensions Scheme Authority

    In order to register with the National Pension Scheme Authority, the applicant must file an Employer Registration form and attach a copy of the company's Certificate of Incorporation. The employees must complete a membership registration form and attach copies of their National Registration Cards.
    1 day no charge
    6

    Pay business levy

    Agency: Lusaka City Council

    All businesses are required to pay a business levy to commence business activities.
    1 day ZMK 450
    7

    Register for VAT

    Agency: Zambia Revenue Authority

    The VAT registration annual turnover threshold is ZMK 800,000 per the VAT Act Cap 331 and Regulations.
    1 day no charge