Doing Business 2020: Ranking of the African and Middle Eastern countries

The Doing Business 2020 ranks countries according to their business environment. Indicators such as regulation, infrastructure, paperwork and cross-border trade are taken into account.

First on the podium, New Zealand is considered to be the most business-friendly country. Next in descending order are Singapore (2nd) and Hong Kong (3rd). The United States is ranked (6th), China (31st), France (32nd), and Brazil (124th).

Doing Business 2020: Ranking of the African countries

Doing Business 2020The Doing Business 2020 report reveals the willingness of a large number of African countries to improve their administrative procedures. This is reflected in a various reforms encouraging the creation of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Sub-Saharan Africa breaks its record for the third consecutive year with 107 legislative reforms, more than a third of which are recorded global.

Ranking of the African countries

CountryRegional rankingWorld rankingEvolution
Doing Business 2020Doing Business 2019Doing Business 2020Doing Business 2019
Mauritius
1113207
Rwanda
223829-9
Morocco
3353607
Kenya
4456615
Tunisia
5578802
South Africa
668482-2
Zambia
7885872
Botswana
878786-1
Togo
9219713740
Seychelles
10910096-4
Namibia
11121041073
Malawi
12131091112
Côte d'Ivoire
131711012212
Djibouti
141011299-13
Egypt
15161141206
Uganda
161811612711
Ghana
1714118114-4
Eswatini
1815121117-4
Lesotho
1911122106-16
Senegal
202212314118
Nigeria
212613114615
Niger
222313214311
Cabo Verde
2319137131-6
Mozambique
2420138135-3
Zimbabwe
253214015515
Tanzania
26241411443
Mali
2725148145-3
Benin
28311491534
Burkina Faso
29291511510
Mauritania
3027152148-4
Gambia
3128155149-6
Guinea
3230156152-4
Algeria
33331571570
Ethiopia
34341591590
Comoros
35381601644
Madagascar
36351611610
Sierra Leone
37371631630
Burundi
38401661682
Cameroon
3939167166-1
Gabon
40411691690
São Tomé and Príncipe
41421701700
Sudan
4236171162-9
Guinea Bissau
43451741751
Liberia
4444175174-1
Angola
4543177173-4
Equatorial Guinea
4646178177-1
Congo
47471801800
Chad
4848182181-1
DR Congo
49501831841
Central Africa
5049184183-1
South Sudan
51511851850
Libya
52521861860
Eritrea
53531891890
Somalia
54541901900

Doing Business 2020: Ranking of the Middle Eastern countries

Ranked 3rd at the regional level, Saudi Arabia is making excellent progress at the global level. The kingdom moves from 92nd to 62nd position, a jump of 30 places globally. At the regional level, the country wins two places.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) maintains its leadership position in the Middle East, while losing five places globally. Bahrain holds on to the second position at the regional level and moves up from 62nd to 43rd globally.

The countries at war, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, are ranked last.

CountryRegional rankingWorld rankingEvolution
Doing Business 2020Doing Business 2019Doing Business 2020Doing Business 2019
United Arab Emirates
111611-5
Bahrein
22436219
Saudi Arabia
35629230
Oman
43687810
Jordan
577510429
Qatar
6477836
Koweit
76839714
Iran
881271281
Lebanon
99143142-1
Iraq
1010172171-1
Syria
11111761793
Yemen
12121871870

Doing Business 2020: Top 50 countries

PaysRegional ranking
Doing Business 2020
World ranking
Doing Business 2019
Evolution
New Zealand
110
Singapore
220
Hong Kong
341
Denmark
43-1
South Korea
550
United States
682
Georgia
76-1
United Kingdom
891
Norway
97-2
Sweden
10122
Lithuania
11143
Malaysia
12153
Mauritius
13207
Australia
14184
Taiwan
1513-2
United Arab Emirates
1611-5
North Macedonia
1710-7
Estonia
1816-2
Latvia
19190
Finland
2017-3
Thailand
21276
Germany
22242
Canada
2322-1
Ireland
2423-1
Kazakhstan
25283
Iceland
2621-5
Austria
2726-1
Russia
28313
Japan
293910
Spain
30300
China
314615
France
32320
Turkey
334310
Azerbaijan
3425-9
Switzerland
35372
Slovenia
36393
Rwanda
3728-9
Portugal
3833-5
Poland
3932-7
Czech Republic
4034-6
Netherlands
4135-6
Bahrain
426119
Serbia
43474
Slovak Republic
4441-3
Belgium
4544-1
Armenia
4640-6
Moldova
4746-1
Belarus
4836-12
Montenegro
49490
Croatia
50588
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