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Ease of Doing Business in

Zambia

Zambia Download Profile (1728.2KB, 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
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75.00 75.00
-
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:

135

DB 2016 Rank:

133

Change in Rank:

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DB 2017 DTF (% points):

49.89

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

49.89

Change in DTF (% points):

0.00

STANDARDIZED CASE
Claim value ZMK 29,778
Court name Lusaka Magistrates Court
City Lusaka
Indicator Zambia Sub-Saharan Africa OECD high income
Time (days) info_outline 611 655.2 553.0
Cost (% of claim) info_outline 38.7 44.3 21.3
Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) info_outline 6 6.4 11.0
  • Indicator
    Time (days) 611.0
    Filing and service 21
    Trial and judgment 470
    Enforcement of judgment 120
    Cost (% of claim) 38.7
    Attorney fees 23.7
    Court fees 5.0
    Enforcement fees 10.0
    Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 6.0
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 4.5
    Case management (0-6) 0.0
    Court automation (0-4) 0.0
    Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 1.5
    Answer Score
    Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 6.0
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 4.5
    1. Is there a court or division of a court dedicated solely to hearing commercial cases? Yes 1.5
    2. Small claims court 1.5
    2.a. Is there a small claims court or a fast-track procedure for small claims? Yes
    2.b. If yes, is self-representation allowed? Yes
    3. Is pretrial attachment available? Yes 1.0
    4. Are new cases assigned randomly to judges? Yes, but manual 0.5
    5. Does a woman's testimony carry the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's? Yes 0.0
    Case management (0-6) 0.0
    1. Time standards 0.0
    1.a. Are there laws setting overall time standards for key court events in a civil case? Yes
    1.b. If yes, are the time standards set for at least three court events? No
    1.c. Are these time standards respected in more than 50% of cases? Yes
    2. Adjournments 0.0
    2.a. Does the law regulate the maximum number of adjournments that can be granted? No
    2.b. Are adjournments limited to unforeseen and exceptional circumstances? No
    2.c. If rules on adjournments exist, are they respected in more than 50% of cases? n.a.
    3. Can two of the following four reports be generated about the competent court: (i) time to disposition report; (ii) clearance rate report; (iii) age of pending cases report; and (iv) single case progress report? No 0.0
    4. Is a pretrial conference among the case management techniques used before the competent court? No 0.0
    5. Are there any electronic case management tools in place within the competent court for use by judges? No 0.0
    6. Are there any electronic case management tools in place within the competent court for use by lawyers? No 0.0
    Court automation (0-4) 0.0
    1. Can the initial complaint be filed electronically through a dedicated platform within the competent court? No 0.0
    2. Is it possible to carry out service of process electronically for claims filed before the competent court? No 0.0
    3. Can court fees be paid electronically within the competent court? No 0.0
    4. Publication of judgments 0.0
    4.a Are judgments rendered in commercial cases at all levels made available to the general public through publication in official gazettes, in newspapers or on the internet or court website? No
    4.b. Are judgments rendered in commercial cases at the appellate and supreme court level made available to the general public through publication in official gazettes, in newspapers or on the internet or court website? No
    Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 1.5
    1. Arbitration 1.5
    1.a. Is domestic commercial arbitration governed by a consolidated law or consolidated chapter or section of the applicable code of civil procedure encompassing substantially all its aspects? Yes
    1.b. Are there any commercial disputes—aside from those that deal with public order or public policy—that cannot be submitted to arbitration? No
    1.c. Are valid arbitration clauses or agreements usually enforced by the courts? Yes
    2. Mediation/Conciliation 0.0
    2.a. Is voluntary mediation or conciliation available? No
    2.b. Are mediation, conciliation or both governed by a consolidated law or consolidated chapter or section of the applicable code of civil procedure encompassing substantially all their aspects? n.a.
    2.c. Are there financial incentives for parties to attempt mediation or conciliation (i.e., if mediation or conciliation is successful, a refund of court filing fees, income tax credits or the like)? n.a.