Tentmaker Reports

Guinea-Bissau Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


1,484,120 (140th most populous country in the world)

African Languages


Agricultural products processing, beer, soft drinks

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Guinea-Bissau, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gw.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Guinea-Bissau as 175 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 149 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Guinea-Bissau.

In order to start a business in Guinea-Bissau, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Search for a company name and reserve the proposed name
  2. Verify signature at notary
  3. Open a bank account and deposit the minimum capital
  4. Submit company statutes to obtain the public deed
  5. Obtain copy of public deed
  6. Register the company at commercial registry
  7. Verify Signature at notary
  8. Obtain copy of commercial registration
  9. Pay for publication in official gazette at the public service office
  10. Publish statutes in the official gazette
  11. Request the business license
  12. Obtain tax number for company at tax office (NIF)
  13. Submit tax number to single window
  14. Receive inspection from municipality
  15. Unblock bank account
  16. Send workers’ contracts to social security and labor inspectorate agency

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Guinea-Bissau, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.


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Guinea-Bissau Economic Freedom

The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in 1971 by Klaus Martin Schwab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  It is a non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss both economic and social issues facing the world.  The WEF also serves as a think tank, and publishes a wide range of reports focusing on issues of concern and importance to Forum communities. In particular, Strategic Insight Teams focus on producing reports of relevance in the fields of competitiveness, global risks and scenario thinking.  The Global Competitiveness Report measures competitiveness of countries and economic competitiveness among a wide range of factors such as corruption, tax rates, work ethic, and many others.
1A General government consumption spending as a percentage of total consumption 6.3
Area 1-A Data 18.7
1B Transfers and subsidies as a percentage of GDP 0
Area 1-B Data 0
1C Government enterprises and investment 0
Area 1-C Data 78
1Di Top marginal income tax rate 0
Area 1-Di Data 0
1Dii Top marginal income and payroll tax rates 0
Area 1-Dii Data 0
1D Top marginal tax rate 0
1 Size of Government: Expenditures, Taxes, and Enterprises 3.1
2A Judicial independence (GCR) 0
2B Impartial courts (GCR) 3.2
2C Protection of property rights (GCR) 0
2D Military interference in rule of law and the political process (CRG) 2.5
2E Integrity of the legal system (CRG) 5
2F Legal enforcement of contracts (DB) 3.5
2G Regulatory restrictions on the sale of real property (DB) 4.2
2 Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights 3.7
3A Money growth 6.6
Area 3-A Data 17.2
3B Standard deviation of inflation 8.1
Area 3-B Data 4.82
3C Inflation: Most recent year 9.1
Area 3-C Data 4.62
3D Freedom to own foreign currency bank accounts 0
3 Access to Sound Money 5.9
4Ai Revenues from trade taxes (% of trade sector) 0
Area 4-A(i) Data 0
4Aii Mean tariff rate 7.6
Area 4-A(ii) Data 11.9
4Aiii Standard deviation of tariff rates 7.3
Area 4-A(iii) Data 6.8
4A Taxes on international trade 7.5
4Bi Non-tariff trade barriers (GCR) 0
4Bii Compliance cost of importing and exporting (DB) 6.6
4B Regulatory Trade Barriers 6.6
4C Size of the trade sector relative to expected 3.3
4D Black-market exchange rates 10
4Ei Foreign ownership/investment restrictions (GCR) 0
4Eii Capital Controls 0.8
4E International Capital Market Controls 0.8
4 Freedom to Trade Internationally 5.6
5Ai Ownership of banks 10
5Aii Foreign bank competition 0
5Aiii Private sector credit 5.5
5Aiv Interest rate controls/negative real interest rates 10
5A Credit Market Regulations 8.5
5Bi Minimum wage (DB) 10
5Bii Hiring and firing regulations (GCR) 0
5Biii Centralized collective bargaining (GCR) 0
5Biv Mandated cost of hiring (DB) 3.3
5Bv Mandated cost of worker dismissal (DB) 1.9
5Bvi Conscription 3
5B Labor Market Regulations 4.6
5Ci Price controls 6
5Cii Administrative requirements (GCR) 0
5Ciii Bureaucracy costs (GCR) 0
5Civ Starting a business (DB) 0.6
5Cv Extra payments/bribes (GCR) 0
5Cvi Licensing restrictions (DB) 3.4
5Cvii Cost of tax compliance (DB) 7.7
5C Business Regulations 4.4
5 Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business 5.8
Rank c 135

Guinea-Bissau Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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