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5 4 4 United States
6 6 5 Denmark
7 8 8 Canada
8 10 10 Norway
9 7 7 Ireland
10 9 9 Australia
11 13 15 Saudi Arabia
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22 25 27 Germany
23 26 25 Lithuania
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26 31 31 France
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28 20 18 Bahrain
29 29 30 Israel
30 30 28 Netherlands
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35 51 55 Mexico
36 56 65 Peru
37 40 36 Cyprus
38 32 69 Macedonia
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41 42 35 Slovakia
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45 64 53 Luxembourg
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47 35 33 Puerto Rico
48 43 50 Armenia
49 62 51 Spain
50 39 37 Qatar
51 44 42 Bulgaria
52 45 39 Botswana
53 36 34 Saint Lucia
54 38 38 Azerbaijan
55 69 73 Tunisia
56 55 45 Romania
57 65 60 Oman
58 67 143 Rwanda
59 63 64 Kazakhstan
60 59 58 Vanuatu
61 57 68 Samoa
62 54 43 Fiji
63 74 66 Czech Republic
64 50 44 Antigua and Barbuda
65 73 63 Turkey
66 71 77 Montenegro
67 92 87 Ghana
68 58 82 Belarus
69 66 54 Namibia
70 72 72 Poland
71 52 46 Tonga
72 77 83 Panama
73 60 56 Mongolia
74 61 52 Kuwait
75 70 62 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
76 90 99 Zambia
77 68 59 Bahamas
78 93 91 Vietnam
79 89 86 China
80 78 74 Italy
81 75 67 Jamaica
82 82 89 Albania
83 85 85 Pakistan
84 103 110 Croatia
85 87 71 Maldives
86 84 81 El Salvador
87 76 70 Saint Kitts and Nevis
88 83 76 Dominica
89 88 90 Serbia
90 94 108 Moldova
91 86 102 Dominican Republic
92 91 88 Grenada
93 79 79 Kiribati
94 106 116 Egypt
95 111 105 Seychelles
96 104 96 Solomon Islands
97 81 78 Trinidad and Tobago
98 95 84 Kenya
99 80 75 Belize
100 101 98 Guyana
101 110 117 Guatemala
102 105 97 Sri Lanka
103 102 95 Papua New Guinea
104 107 111 Ethiopia
105 99 103 Yemen
106 124 122 Paraguay
107 119 115 Bangladesh
108 98 93 Marshall Islands
109 109 100 Greece
110 116 119 Bosnia and Herzegovina
111 100 104 Jordan
112 96 94 Brunei
113 108 101 Lebanon
114 128 130 Morocco
115 118 112 Argentina
116 123 123 Nepal
117 117 113 Nicaragua
118 115 114 Swaziland
119 113 107 Kosovo
120 97 92 Palau
121 122 129 Indonesia
122 112 106 Uganda
123 120 118 Russia
124 114 109 Uruguay
125 121 120 Costa Rica
126 135 140 Mozambique
127 129 127 Brazil
128 131 126 Tanzania
129 137 142 Iran
130 138 133 Ecuador
131 141 136 Honduras
132 146 147 Cape Verde
133 132 131 Malawi
134 133 132 India
135 139 137 West Bank and Gaza
136 136 134 Algeria
137 125 121 Nigeria
138 130 128 Lesotho
139 152 164 Tajikistan
140 134 144 Madagascar
141 127 125 Federated States of Micronesia
142 126 124 Bhutan
143 148 156 Sierra Leone
144 143 138 Syria
145 142 145 Ukraine
146 140 135 Gambia
147 145 139 Cambodia
148 144 141 Philippines
149 161 158 Bolivia
150 150 146 Uzbekistan
151 147 155 Burkina Faso
152 157 152 Senegal
153 156 162 Mali
154 154 149 Sudan
155 149 159 Liberia
156 158 151 Gabon
157 159 160 Zimbabwe
158 163 157 Djibouti
159 162 153 Comoros
160 165 166 Togo
161 155 148 Suriname
162 151 154 Haiti
163 169 170 Angola
164 170 169 Equatorial Guinea
165 166 161 Mauritania
166 153 150 Iraq
167 160 168 Afghanistan
168 171 167 Cameroon
169 168 163 Côte d'Ivoire
170 172 172 Benin
171 167 165 Laos
172 177 178 Venezuela
173 174 174 Niger
174 164 173 Timor-Leste
175 182 182 Democratic Republic of the Congo
176 181 181 Guinea-Bissau
177 179 179 Congo
178 180 180 São Tomé and Príncipe
179 173 171 Guinea
180 175 175 Eritrea
181 176 177 Burundi
182 183 183 Central African Republic
183 178 176 Chad
 

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Sub-Saharan Africa (2011)

1 Mauritius
2 South Africa
3 Botswana
4 Rwanda
5 Ghana
6 Namibia
7 Zambia
8 Seychelles
9 Kenya
10 Ethiopia

11 Swaziland
12 Uganda
13 Mozambique
14 Tanzania
15 Cape Verde
16 Malawi
17 Nigeria
18 Lesotho
19 Madagascar
20 Sierra Leone

21 Gambia, the
22 Burkina Faso
23 Senegal
24 Mali
25 Sudan
26 Liberia
27 Gabon
28 Zimbabwe
29 Comoros
30 Togo

31 Angola
32 Equatorial Guinea
33 Mauritania
34 Cameroon
35 Côte d'Ivoire
36 Benin
37 Niger
38 Congo, Dem. Rep.
39 Guinea-Bissau
40 Congo, Rep.

41 São Tomé and Principe
42 Guinea
43 Eritrea
44 Burundi
45 Central African Republic
46 Chad
 

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Rwanda's jump is spectacular, from 143 to 58. Tunisia also went from 73 to 55. Botswana OTOH is decreasing in the ranking, from 39 down to 52, and so is Kenya. I wonder why.

I'm glad to see Ethiopia gradually improving in the rankings.

I'm amazed that Zimbabwe is that high. It must be awful in the countries ranked below it.
 

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Out of 183 countries, Egypt ranks 18th in business startups, and 21st in trading across borders

Egypt has succeeded, for the fifth time within six consecutive years, to improve its ranking in the Doing Business report and enhance its investment climate and business environment. Egypt has managed throughout the past period to jump 71 positions as compared to 2006.

This came in the annual "Doing Business" report issued by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC), which was launched on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 from the IFC headquarters in Washington, and - via a video conference – at the IFC headquarters in a number of countries covered within the report including Egypt.

It is noteworthy that the Doing Business report monitors the ease/difficulty of implementing investment projects in 183 nations across the world. It also compares the legislative requirements, as well as the time and cost for providing government services in these countries. The report, in particular, assesses the time, cost and institutional structure associated with the procedures of establishing companies, obtaining construction licenses, registering property, receiving credit and paying taxes. Furthermore, it monitors steps taken by governments to facilitate import and export procedures, litigation procedures and the time needed for the settlement of disputes to enforce contracts, protect the rights of minority shareholders and ensure safe market exit.

On the occasion of launching the "Doing Business" report of 2011, His Excellency Rachid Mohamed Rachid, Minister of Trade and Industry and acting Minister of Investment, appreciated the efforts exerted by all government bodies for the sake of facilitating the business environment and improving the investment climate, especially in the fields of 'Starting a Business' and 'Trading across Borders', where Egypt ranked 18th and 21st respectively among 183 countries. These two indices came on the top of reforms list this year, and were the main drivers that led Egypt to improve its classification overall.

It is worth mentioning that between 2006 and 2010, Egypt succeeded to make a great leap of 108 positions in the indicator of Starting a Business; 84 positions in the area of getting credit; 54 positions in the area of property registration; 65 positions in the area of trading across borders; 31 positions in the area of protecting investors; 16 positions in the area of paying taxes; 11 positions in the area of construction permits; and, finally, 3 positions in the area of enforcing contracts.

On his part, Dr. Ziad Bahaa El-Din, Chairman of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority – EFSA - who also presides over the Egyptian government's working group on proposing the development policies and following up their implementation, stated that this achievement is attributed to the joint efforts and coordination amongst more than twenty-five government authorities, bodies and ministries, namely the ministries of Finance, Electricity and Energy, Justice, Administrative Development, Investment, Housing, Utilities and Urban Development, Trade and Industry, Transportation, Local Development, as well as the Central Bank of Egypt, the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, the General Authority for Investment, the Egyptian Institute of Directors, Tax Department, Egyptian Customs, the General Organization for Export and Import Control, Egyptian Credit Bureau (i-score) and other bodies and companies operating in the field of extending facilities and services.

It should be noted that over this period, Egypt managed to improve its position on different indicators and implement a number of reforms and facilities including: establishing the One-Stop Shop system in the General Authority for Investment, removing restrictions on the minimum capital of limited liability companies, reducing incorporation fees, launching the e-business, issuing the Unified Construction Law, reducing fees of property registration as well as capping its fees to LE 2,000, establishing the Egyptian Credit Bureau (i-score), issuing the Tax Law No. 91 of 2005, reducing the value of corporate tax to up to 20%, reducing the average tariff several times to reach 6.9% and reducing the tariff items from 27 to 6 items.

Moreover, Egypt succeeded to realize several achievements in the field of the automation of Egyptian ports, application of e-services in export and import procedures, providing the one-stop shop service for obtaining documents necessary for export and import, facilitating trade exchange operations through applying an electronic system for export and import documents and the issuance of Economic Courts Law in May 2008. The economic courts have been active since October 2008.

With the purpose of completing efforts to improve the investment climate and develop the business environment, Minister Rachid stressed keenness of the Egyptian authorities in the coming period to pursue reform measures through upgrading institutional setup and developing the legislative infrastructure, in particular with regard to access to credit, enforcement of contracts, protecting investors, and ease of market entry and exit.
http://www1.albawaba.com/economy-tr...ness-startups-and-21st-trading-across-borders

Loving the economic reforms by Nazif's Cabinet. They have successfully managed to boost GDP growth rates, achieve deficit and debt reductions as well as structure reform, thanks to its liberal reform policies.

But what good is GDP growth if it doesn't trickle down to the Egyptian people? The growth hasn't helped poverty as much as it could, because it only circulates in the hands of the government and business elite, and into minister pockets. Inflation and Unemployment are two major issues in Egypt today.

We haven't been successful in addressing social issues, poverty and welfare spending. There is a decline in public services such as health care, and education too.

Corruption.

We need to start investing our newly acquired wealth into our population. Our people are our greatest assets. I'm talking big spending on education, healthcare, social welfare. Instead of Minister Beach Villas and luxury cars.

We have all the resources and abilities to reach the 10% growth in GDP levels like China, and India. Why isn't it happening?
 

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I thought Egypt was one of the best performers in HDI improvement the last few years? So it must have been trickling somehow.
 

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Got no issues with the rankings but everybody/Organisations are now into the business of Rankings to get relevance

Soon they will be ranking the most crap a country does...China will be No 1 when it comes to the most crap being done by a country :lol:
 

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I'm amazed that Zimbabwe is that high. It must be awful in the countries ranked below it.
Zimbabwe is always surprising somehow.

But if you want to see the most **** up place to do business is, come to DRC.:bash:

I bet you if you became Congolese for a month nowdays. you'll get gray hair because of being pissed off.
 

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It's a shame to see Kenya slipping. Pity that the USA fell a rank too. I must say I am surprised by Angola's ranking, and what's up with Chad? I have to say, the CAR really ought not to exist. If there was one other country I would choose to get rid of, it would be the CAR.
 

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It's a shame to see Kenya slipping. Pity that the USA fell a rank too. I must say I am surprised by Angola's ranking, and what's up with Chad? I have to say, the CAR really ought not to exist. If there was one other country I would choose to get rid of, it would be the CAR.
LOL. I really do believe certain nations in Africa should be annexed and CAR is one of the top in my list. Guinea Bisau should be integrated into Angola.

If you actually look into things- CAR is potentially risk- i used to think of it is a dry infertile country but its actually got masses of irrigation potential as well as untapped reserves of minerals.

Once DRC sorts itself out- they should do the decent think and annex it.
 

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Rwanda may overtake Mauritius eventually to become the easiest country in Africa to do business in. Botswana and SA are stagnating, so they should b easy to overtake. Heck, it may even jump into the top 30 easiest in the world. It's already at 67, 58 by next year, and maybe 45-55 the year after.
 
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