Top 10 most difficult countries to start a business

Where to start a business abroad is a difficult task to decide. Plan where you feel like but remember that these countries are not viable to start a business venture: these 10 countries have been ranked by the World Bank where it is most difficult to start a Business. Recommended: Top 10 countries where it is easiest to start a business

  1. Somalia

According to the Doing Business Index, it is most difficult to start a business in Somalia. It is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is difficult to start a business basically due to civil unrest.  The Somalia war is an ongoing war which has indeed hurt its outlook. 

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  1. Eritrea

Eritrea comes at number 2 from the bottom in terms of ease of doing business. The State of Eritrea is a country in the Horn of Africa. Eritrea is one of the world’s poorest nations: with minimal foreign exchange reserves and limited infrastructure, it does not attract investors. Also, it has the worst government's human rights record.

  1. Venezuela

Located on the northern coast of South America, establishing a business in Venezuela is difficult. Access to electricity is poor. Also, credit is not granted easily. The report found that Venezuela performed poorly across the 10 criteria on which the World Bank judged each country. Recommended: Venezuela’s currency is worth less than toilet paper

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  1. Yemen

Yemen comes at number 4 among the countries where it is most difficult to start a business. Yemen is a neighboring country to Saudi Arabia and it has been historically known for its business. However, due to recent war situation in Yemen, it has become very difficult to start a business.

  1. Libya

Libya is the fifth worst country in the world for doing business according to a survey by Forbes Magazine. In the corruption section, Libya, along with Yemen, was classed as the “most corrupt” country in the world. Without a property register, property rights are difficult to assert in Libya.

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  1. South Sudan

One of the underdeveloped countries of the world is experiencing high debt and little infrastructure which does not allow business to establish well. This is the reason, it has been ranked as the sixth worst country to start a business in the World.

  1. Democratic Republic of Congo

Despite an abundance of natural resource, the Democratic Republic of Congo is considered the seventh worst country to start a business.

Although there are so many opportunities for multinational companies to work in Congo, years of corruption, mismanagement, and conflicts have left the country inattentive.

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  1. The central African Republic

It is one of the least developed countries in the world. It has a long history of disputes and genocides. The country has a poor economy, lack of electricity, low GDP and yet very difficult process to start a business.

  1. Haiti

With a GDP per capita of PPP US$1,200, Haiti comes at number 9 where business setup is difficult. It has developed its tourist industry but due to poverty, corruption, poor infrastructure, lack of health care and lack of education Haiti is categorized as one of the world's poorest countries.

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  1. Chad

It is a landlocked country in Central Africa. With 80% of its people living below the poverty line, it is the seventh poorest country in the world. Poor infrastructure, limited resources and burden of refugees neither attract investors nor make it a viable destination for business.

  1. Equatorial Guinea

The central African country could not perform well 10 categories of doing business by World Bank starting from the availability of electricity to solving insolvency. A long procedure is also required to establish a business here.

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  • Saudi Arabia ranks at number 92 among the countries where it is easiest to start a business.
  • Pakistan ranks at number 136 among the countries where it is easiest to start a business.
  • India ranks at number 77 among the countries where it is easiest to start a business.
  • The Philippines ranks at number 124 among the countries where it is easiest to start a business.

The poor ranks are broad because of the hiring of labor problems, lack of skilled labor, the rigidity of hours, redundancy cost, unemployment protection scheme, health insurance, and poor infrastructure.

However, as said by World Bank chief economist Kaushik Basu “An economy can do poorly on ‘Doing Business’ indicators but do well in macroeconomic policy or social welfare interventions.”

Source: Doing Business