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Zimbabwe ranked one of the worst places in Africa to start & run a business


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).

First, Zimbabwe:



And Mauritius:



Does this ranking relate well to your experience on the ground?

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