Time required to start a business APAC 2020 by country or region

The time required to start a business varied across the Asia Pacific region in 2020, with it taking 173 days to start a business in Laos. Contrastingly, it took less than one day to start a business in New Zealand, and 16 days to start a business in Vietnam in 2020.

Leading businesses

Asia Pacific is a region full of diverse economies, all at different levels of progression. More progressive economies appear to take less time to start a business in their respective countries. It took less than ten days to start businesses in China and Singapore in 2020. These countries are home to some of the most valuable businesses globally, with China’s Alibaba Group amassing a revenue of over 376.8 billion Chinese yuan (approximately 54.5 billion U.S. dollars) as of 2019. Grab Holdings Inc., based in Singapore has also followed similar success of the Alibaba Group, experiencing huge revenues.

Starting a business in Asia Pacific

However, there may be other factors which contribute to business creation across the Asia Pacific region. The number of business taxes across Asia Pacific countries differs greatly. With less business taxes to pay in countries such as China, Vietnam, and Singapore there may be a bigger incentive to start a business. Yet, in countries with more business taxes to pay, starting a business may not seem as advantageous.

Time required to start a business in the Asia Pacific region in 2020, by country or region

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Release date

October 2019



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Supplementary notes

As per the source, the number of calendar days needed to complete all required procedures to legally operate a commercial or industrial firm are recorded by this indicator. Requirements may include obtaining necessary licenses and permits as well as completing any required.

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