A good performance in the Doing Business rankings is increasingly becoming a government priority for many African countries, following the lead of Rwanda, which was an early star-performer.
Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
The report measures and analyses institutions, policies and services enabling trade in national economies around the world. In Africa, Mauritius has the best enabling environment for global trade.
The index is calculated based on regulatory framework for tourism; business environment and infrastructure; and human, cultural and natural resources.
Uganda and Zambia cheerfully open their doors to almost anyone who wants to set up shop, by contrast, foreign ownership of businesses is rare and limited in Zimbabwe and Libya.