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.
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Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
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.
Being landlocked is a big disadvantage here: exporting a container from Chad and Central African Republic will set you back more than $5,000. It is cheapest in Sao Tome & Principe, at $700.
Being landlocked is a big disadvantage here: importing will cost you more than $6,000 per container in Chad, and more than $5,000 in Central African Republic and Rwanda.