Time required to get electricity (days) - Country Ranking - Africa

Definition: Time required to get electricity is the number of days to obtain a permanent electricity connection. The measure captures the median duration that the electricity utility and experts indicate is necessary in practice, rather than required by law, to complete a procedure.

Source: World Bank, Doing Business project (http://www.doingbusiness.org/).

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Liberia 482.00 2019
2 Madagascar 450.00 2019
3 Guinea-Bissau 257.00 2019
4 Burkina Faso 169.00 2019
5 Burundi 158.00 2019
6 Gabon 148.00 2019
7 Congo 134.00 2019
8 Malawi 127.00 2019
9 Eswatini 125.00 2019
10 Mali 120.00 2019
10 Comoros 120.00 2019
12 Libya 118.00 2019
13 Zambia 117.00 2019
14 Lesotho 114.00 2019
15 Nigeria 109.80 2019
16 South Africa 109.00 2019
17 Zimbabwe 106.00 2019
17 Equatorial Guinea 106.00 2019
19 Tanzania 105.00 2019
20 The Gambia 101.00 2019
21 Central African Republic 98.00 2019
22 Angola 97.00 2019
22 Kenya 97.00 2019
24 Ethiopia 95.00 2019
25 Benin 90.00 2019
26 São Tomé and Principe 89.00 2019
27 Algeria 84.00 2019
28 Sierra Leone 82.00 2019
29 Cabo Verde 81.00 2019
30 Botswana 77.00 2019
31 Sudan 70.00 2019
32 Guinea 69.00 2019
33 Senegal 68.00 2019
34 Chad 67.00 2019
34 Mauritania 67.00 2019
34 Mauritius 67.00 2019
37 Togo 66.00 2019
37 Uganda 66.00 2019
39 Tunisia 65.00 2019
40 Cameroon 64.00 2019
41 Eritrea 59.00 2014
42 Ghana 55.00 2019
43 Egypt 53.00 2019
43 Côte d'Ivoire 53.00 2019
45 Djibouti 52.00 2019
45 Seychelles 52.00 2019
45 Niger 52.00 2019
48 Dem. Rep. Congo 44.00 2019
49 Mozambique 40.00 2019
50 Namibia 37.00 2019
51 Morocco 31.00 2019
52 Rwanda 30.00 2019

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Development Relevance: The economic health of a country is measured not only in macroeconomic terms but also by other factors that shape daily economic activity such as laws, regulations, and institutional arrangements. The data measure business regulation, gauge regulatory outcomes, and measure the extent of legal protection of property, the flexibility of employment regulation, and the tax burden on businesses. The fundamental premise of this data is that economic activity requires good rules and regulations that are efficient, accessible to all who need to use them, and simple to implement. Thus sometimes there is more emphasis on more regulation, such as stricter disclosure requirements in related-party transactions, and other times emphasis is on for simplified regulations, such as a one-stop shop for completing business startup formalities. Entrepreneurs may not be aware of all required procedures or may avoid legally required procedures altogether. But where regulation is particularly onerous, levels of informality are higher, which comes at a cost: firms in the informal sector usually grow more slowly, have less access to credit, and employ fewer workers - and those workers remain outside the protections of labor law. The indicator can help policymakers understand the business environment in a country and - along with information from other sources such as the World Bank's Enterprise Surveys - provide insights into potential areas of reform.

Limitations and Exceptions: The Doing Business methodology has limitations that should be considered when interpreting the data. First, the data collected refer to businesses in the economy's largest city and may not represent regulations in other locations of the economy. To address this limitation, subnational indicators are being collected for selected economies. These subnational studies point to significant differences in the speed of reform and the ease of doing business across cities in the same economy. Second, the data often focus on a specific business form - generally a limited liability company of a specified size - and may not represent regulation for other types of businesses such as sole proprietorships. Third, transactions described in a standardized business case refer to a specific set of issues and may not represent the full set of issues a business encounters. Fourth, the time measures involve an element of judgment by the expert respondents. When sources indicate different estimates, the Doing Business time indicators represent the median values of several responses given under the assumptions of the standardized case. Fifth, the methodology assumes that a business has full information on what is required and does not waste time when completing procedures.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data are collected by the World Bank with a standardized survey that uses a simple business case to ensure comparability across economies and over time - with assumptions about the legal form of the business, its size, its location, and nature of its operation. Surveys are administered through more than 9,000 local experts, including lawyers, business consultants, accountants, freight forwarders, government officials, and other professionals who routinely administer or advise on legal and regulatory requirements. Data records all procedures required for a business to obtain a permanent electricity connection. These procedures include applications and contracts with electricity utilities, all necessary inspections and clearances from the utility and other agencies and the external and final connection works. The Doing Business project of the World Bank encompasses two types of data: data from readings of laws and regulations and data on time and motion indicators that measure efficiency in achieving a regulatory goal. Within the time and motion indicators cost estimates are recorded from official fee schedules where applicable. The data from surveys are subjected to numerous tests for robustness, which lead to revision or expansion of the information collected.

Aggregation method: Unweighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Data are presented for the survey year instead of publication year.