Ease of doing business

The Ease of Doing Business Index is a report produced annually by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. It ranks economies based on 10 areas of regulation: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency (formerly closing a business).

The lower the number assigned country, the easier it is to do business in that country. Singapore has been ranked number one since 2007. Of the East African Community (EAC) countries, Rwanda has made the most significant reforms in recent years. In 2014, Rwanda ranked at number 32 out of 189 countries and Tanzania ranked at number 145. Tanzania’s ranking has been getting worse overall for the past few years, prompting the government to become more vocal about making reforms.

The table below uses the Ease of Doing Business Index to compare the EAC members when it comes to overall ease of doing business. 189 countries were ranked in the index.

Ranking: Ease of doing business

Country 2013 2014201520162017*
Burundi157140152152157
Kenya12212913610892
Rwanda5232466256
Tanzania136145131139132
Uganda126132150122115
* The 2017 rankings for all economies are benchmarked to June 2016.
Source: Doing Business Index: Economy Rankings, World Bank