If you’re finding Zimbabwe a very tough place to be a startup, you can take comfort in the fact that maybe it’s not you. You just happen to be trying in a very very hard place to start and run a business!
We’re not big fans of lists and rankings but we couldn’t ignore this study by Microsoft and a South African research firm called Thinkroom that ranked Zimbabwe the worst place for an entrepreneur to start and operate a business. Zimbabwe was worst out of 12 that were part of the research.
The best 3 countries to start and conduct business are: Mauritius, South Africa and Botswana in that order, and the bottom 5 is comprised of Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.
As for how this was decided, you can download and read the full report here, but here’s a summary of what was considered:
- The Macro Environment
- The Small Business Environment
- Internet and Mobile Capacity
- Infrastructure and Logistics
And the detail of the scores of the individuals countries. We take just Zimbabwe (the worst) and Mauritius (the best).
Does this ranking relate well to your experience on the ground?