Uganda Drops One Place in Ease of Doing Business

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Uganda has dropped one place in her ranking of how easy it is to do business in the country. The latest World Bank’s Doing Business Report for 2013 that samples 185 countries puts Uganda at 120 down from 119 in 2012.

Uganda has dropped one place in her ranking of how easy it is to do business in the country.
The latest World Bank’s Doing Business Report for 2013 that samples 185 countries puts Uganda at 120 down from 119 in 2012.

The report titled “Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises”, assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 185 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation.

These areas are starting a business, getting credit, getting electricity, paying taxes, resolving insolvency, trading across borders, protecting investors, dealing with construction permits, enforcing contracts and registering property.

In the report, Uganda performed best only in getting credit in which she moved from the rank of 52 in 2012 down to 40.

In all the other categories Uganda dropped in rankings. For instance in starting business, the report says Uganda dropped from the rank of 142 in 2012 to 143 in 2013. The major reasons for this are that it takes 15 procedures and 33 days to register a business.

In enforcing contracts, the country also dipped from 116 to 117 as well as in getting electricity from 124 to 127. To get electricity, the report says one has to go through a string of procedures and days.

On registering property, the report says one has to go through 12 procedures and 51 days.

Uganda’s lowest ranking is in trading across borders. For example, the report states that to export a container of goods one has to process seven documents and need at least 33 days to reach the destination at a cost of 3,050 dollars equivalent to 7.9 million shillings.

The only three areas where Uganda is at least below the 100 mark is in access to credit 40, resolving insolvency at 67 and paying taxes at 93. But all positions are actually drops.

And to import a container of goods one also needs 33 days and 3,215 dollars, equivalent to over eight million shillings.

In the region, Rwanda remained the most highly ranked at 52 out of 185 countries. In Africa, Rwanda follows South Africa at 39 and Mauritius at 19.

Globally, Singapore takes the Number One slot followed by Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States of America.

This year’s report data cover regulations measured from June 2011 through May 2012. The report marks the 10th edition of the Doing Business series. Over the past decade, these reports have recorded nearly 2,000 regulatory reforms implemented by 180 economies.

Peter Ngategize, the head of the Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS) Secretariat, the body tasked with the necessary reforms in easing doing business, never received repeated calls made to him.

Interestingly, the CICS early this year came out with a report that said Uganda is making great strides in ease of doing business. The report, among others, cited simplification of registering a company as one of the strong reasons for the improvement, a point that has been busted by the World Bank report.


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In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

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