About Doing Business 

About Doing Business 

The Doing Business Project measures business regulation and its effective application in 189 economies and in some cities at the sub-national and regional levels. Launched in 2002 by the International Finance Corporation, affiliated to the World Bank, it analyzes the regulations applicable to small and medium-sized enterprises during their life cycle in a country's largest business metropolis and only deals with the formal sector of the economy. Doing Business measures regulations in 11 areas of the life cycle of a business: business creation/registration/start-up, granting of construction permit, connection to electricity, transfer of ownership, obtaining of loans, protection of minority investors, payment of taxes, cross-border trading, contract enforcement, insolvency settlement and labour market regulation.

Published by the World Bank Group every year since 2004 (in October), the Doing Business Report also seeks:

• to monitor reforms introduced to business regulations (in particular legal reforms);

• to measure their implementation in each country and to provide a channel for the dissemination of good regulatory practice worldwide.

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1–189. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. Ranking is determined by Aggregated Border distance scores in relation to the 10 Doing Business Themes, which are themselves made of sub-indicators.  The weighting by indicator is the same. 0 representing the worst performance and 100 representing the best.

NB / The period covered by the measured data runs from 01 June of the previous year to 31 May of the current year




















Reform period and data collection period

Dead line

Investigation/data survey and Communication




Publication of the DB Report


Methodology Doing Business


What does the Doing Business Report measure?

Indicators of the Doing Business Report:

  • cover the regulations applicable to small and medium-sized enterprises during their life cycle;
  • are based on typical scenarios;
  • are applied to the most important business metropolis of each economy and also the second most important business city for countries with more than 100 million inhabitants;
  • relate to the formal sector of the economy.


THEY DO NOT MEASURE all aspects of the business environment such as macroeconomic stability, corruption, skill level of the labour force, proximity to markets, specific regulations for foreign investment or financial markets


What does the Doing Business Report Cover?

Indicators of the Doing Business Report.  Comparison of 11 regulatory fields


Complexity and cost of regulatory procedures

Starting a Business

Procedures, time, cost and minimum capital required to start a business

Obtaining construction Permits

Procedures, time, and costs to complete all required formalities to build a warehouse

Good practices regarding building regulations:

  • Does the building code comply with good practices?
  • Who approves the design? How are inspections carried out before, during and after construction?

What qualifications are required for professionals reviewing plans or performing inspections?  What are the rules regarding liability and insurance?

Connecting to electricity

Procedures, time, and cost to connect to the electricity network

Reliability of electricity supply by measuring both the duration and the frequency of power outages

Transfer of Property

Procedures, time and costs, reliability, transparency, and geographic coverage of land management systems as well as dispute resolution of land issues

Tax payments

Payments, required timeframes and total tax rate for a company to comply with all tax obligations, post filing process measures, such as tax audits, tax refunds and tax appeals

Cross-border trade

Documents, time and cost of export and import by seaport 

Obtaining loans

Legal treatment of pledged personal property, personal property security regulations and credit information systems

Protecting Minority Investors

Statements and Liability in transactions between related parties

Enforcement of contracts

Procedures, time, and costs to resolve a trade dispute, quality of judicial system, and Court infrastructure to improve the efficiency of the legal system

Resolving Insolvency

Time, cost and recovery rate to resolve a commercial dispute

Hiring workers

Flexibility in hiring.  This indicator is not yet integrated into the Doing Business reforms processes in Burundi