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 index looks at the overarching regulatory and security environment impacting the transport business in the country; on this measure, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritius are the most conducive in Africa.
In the 2008 rankings, Tunisia is Africa’s most competitive country in terms of doing business, followed by South Africa and Botswana. Zimbabwe, battling hyperinflation, isn’t in last place – though you might expect so.
WEF says African businesses can become far more competitive, but governments will need to improve access to finance, resist pressure to erect trade barriers, upgrade infrastructure, improve health and strength institutions