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Doing Business 2014 Regional Profile : Economic Community of West African States

ACCESS TO SERVICES ACCOUNTING BANK LOAN BANKRUPTCY BANKRUPTCY LAWS BORROWER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS INDICATOR BUSINESS INDICATORS BUSINESS LAW BUSINESS REGISTRATION BUSINESS REGULATION BUSINESS REGULATIONS BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS BUSINESSES BUYER BUYERS CADASTRE CAPITAL GAINS CENTRAL BANK CERTIFICATE CERTIFICATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHECKS COLLATERAL COLLATERAL FOR LOANS COLLATERAL LAWS COLLATERAL REGISTRY COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES COMMERCIAL BUSINESS COMMERCIAL CODE COMMERCIAL LAWS COMMERCIAL REGISTRY COMPANY LAW COMPANY LAWS COMPETITIVENESS COMPLIANCE COSTS COMPUTERS CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT CONTRACTORS CREDIT HISTORY CREDIT INFORMATION CREDIT INFORMATION SYSTEM CREDIT INFORMATION SYSTEMS CREDIT SOURCE CREDITORS CUSTOM CUSTOMER SERVICES CUSTOMS CUSTOMS CLEARANCE DEBT DEED DELIVERY TIME DEPOSIT DERIVATIVE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS DISPUTE RESOLUTION DISTRIBUTION NETWORK DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS DOMAIN E-MAIL ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ELECTRICITY ELECTRONIC DATA ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT ELECTRONIC FILING ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES EQUIPMENT EXCHANGE CONTROL EXPERT OPINION EXPORTERS FINANCIAL HISTORY FINANCIAL RESOURCES FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS FLASH GLOBAL MARKETS HARMONIZATION IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IMMOVABLE PROPERTY IMPACT ASSESSMENT INCOME TAX INSPECTION INSPECTIONS INSTALLATION INSTALLATIONS INSURANCE INTERNAL OPERATIONS INTERNATIONAL BANK INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS INTERNATIONAL FINANCE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS INVESTOR PROTECTION INVESTOR PROTECTIONS ISSUANCE JUDICIAL SYSTEM LEGAL FRAMEWORK LEGAL RIGHTS LENDER LENDERS LENDING DECISIONS LEVY LICENSE LICENSE FEES LICENSES LIENS LIMITED LIABILITY LOCAL BUSINESS MACROECONOMIC CONDITIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING MATERIAL MEDIUM ENTERPRISES MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIREMENT MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS MINORITY INVESTORS MINORITY SHAREHOLDER MINORITY SHAREHOLDER PROTECTIONS MINORITY SHAREHOLDERS MORTGAGE MORTGAGES MOVABLE ASSETS MOVABLE COLLATERAL NATURAL RESOURCES NEW MARKETS NEW TECHNOLOGY NOTARIES NOTARY ONE-STOP SHOP ONESTOP SHOP ONLINE REGISTRATION ORIGINAL ASSET OVERHEAD PAYMENT OF TAXES PAYROLL PERSONAL ASSETS PERSONAL DATA PRIVATE CREDIT PRIVATE CREDIT BUREAU PRIVATE CREDIT BUREAUS PRIVATE PROPERTY PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR CREDIT PROCUREMENT PROPERTY RIGHTS PUBLIC REGISTRY PUBLIC SALE PURCHASING QUERIES REGISTRATION FEE REGISTRATION FEES REGISTRATION PROCESS REGISTRATION PROCESSES REGISTRATION SYSTEM REGISTRIES REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS RESULT RESULTS RETURN RISK MANAGEMENT RISK MANAGEMENT TOOLS SALES SALES AGREEMENT SEARCH SECURITIES SECURITIES REGULATIONS SECURITY INTEREST SELLING SERVICE PROVIDERS SHAREHOLDER SHAREHOLDERS STAMP DUTIES STOCK EXCHANGE TAX TAX FORMS TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBER TAX RATE TAX RATES TAX RULES TAX SYSTEM TECHNICAL STANDARDS TELEPHONE TELEPHONE CONNECTIONS TELEPHONE LINE TIME FRAME TRADING TRADING COSTS TRANSACTION TRANSACTIONS SYSTEM TRANSLATION TRANSPARENCY TURNOVER VALUATION VERIFICATION WAREHOUSE WAREHOUSES
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | West Africa
2014-07-22T19:55:13Z | 2014-07-22T19:55:13Z | 2013-10-29

This regional profile presents the Doing Business indicators for economies in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It also shows the regional average, the best performance globally for each indicator and data for the following comparator regions: East Asia and the Pacific, Economic Community of Central African States, Middle East and North Africa, Southern African Development Community, and European Union. The data in this report are current as of June 1, 2013, except for the paying taxes indicators, which cover the period January to December 2012. Regional Doing Business reports capture differences in business regulations and their enforcement across countries in a single region. They provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas. The report sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 11 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency and employing workers. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 189 economies, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, over time. The data set covers 47 economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, 33 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 25 in East Asia and the Pacific, 25 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 20 in the Middle East and North Africa and 8 in South Asia, as well as 31 OECD high-income economies. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms have worked, where and why.

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