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Ease of Doing Business in

Bahrain

Bahrain Download Profile (1724KB, pdf)
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category High income
Population 1,377,237
GNI Per Capita (US$) 20,350
City covered Manama

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DB 2017 Rank

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100

DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 63 66 up
3
68.44 66.38 down
2.06
Starting a Business 73 142 up
69
87.82 76.23 up
11.59
Dealing with Construction Permits 19 17 down
2
79.56 79.65 down
0.09
Getting Electricity 72 77 up
5
74.80 71.74 up
3.06
Registering Property 25 25
-
81.07 81.07
-
Getting Credit 101 109 up
8
45.00 40.00 up
5.00
Protecting Minority Investors 106 101 down
5
50.00 50.00
-
Paying Taxes 4 4
-
94.44 94.44
-
Trading across Borders 82 82
-
72.50 71.87 up
0.63
Enforcing Contracts 110 108 down
2
54.53 54.53
-
Resolving Insolvency 88 83 down
5
44.66 44.28 up
0.38

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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DB 2017 Rank:

101

DB 2016 Rank:

109

Change in Rank:

up8

DB 2017 DTF (% points):

45.00

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

40.00

Change in DTF (% points):

up5.00

Indicator Bahrain Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Strength of legal rights index (0-12) info_outline 1 1.4 6.0
Depth of credit information index (0-8) info_outline 8 4.4 6.5
Credit registry coverage (% of adults) info_outline 0 13.5 12.1
Credit bureau coverage (% of adults) info_outline 25.7 12.8 67.1
Strength of legal rights index (0-12)  
Does an integrated or unified legal framework for secured transactions that extends to the creation, publicity and enforcement of functional equivalents to security interests in movable assets exist in the economy? No
Does the law allow businesses to grant a non possessory security right in a single category of movable assets, without requiring a specific description of collateral? No
Does the law allow businesses to grant a non possessory security right in substantially all of its assets, without requiring a specific description of collateral? No
May a security right extend to future or after-acquired assets, and may it extend automatically to the products, proceeds or replacements of the original assets? No
Is a general description of debts and obligations permitted in collateral agreements; can all types of debts and obligations be secured between parties; and can the collateral agreement include a maximum amount for which the assets are encumbered? Yes
Is a collateral registry in operation for both incorporated and non-incorporated entities, that is unified geographically and by asset type, with an electronic database indexed by debtor's name? No
Does a notice-based collateral registry exist in which all functional equivalents can be registered? No
Does a modern collateral registry exist in which registrations, amendments, cancellations and searches can be performed online by any interested third party? No
Are secured creditors paid first (i.e. before tax claims and employee claims) when a debtor defaults outside an insolvency procedure? No
Are secured creditors paid first (i.e. before tax claims and employee claims) when a business is liquidated? No
Are secured creditors subject to an automatic stay on enforcement when a debtor enters a court-supervised reorganization procedure? Does the law protect secured creditors’ rights by providing clear grounds for relief from the stay and/or sets a time limit for it? No
Does the law allow parties to agree on out of court enforcement at the time a security interest is created? Does the law allow the secured creditor to sell the collateral through public auction and private tender, as well as, for the secured creditor to keep the asset in satisfaction of the debt? No
Score (number of "yes" responses) 1
Depth of credit information index (0-8) Credit bureau Credit registry Score
Are data on both firms and individuals distributed? Yes No 1
Are both positive and negative credit data distributed? Yes No 1
Are data from retailers or utility companies - in addition to data from banks and financial institutions - distributed? Yes No 1
Are at least 2 years of historical data distributed? (Credit bureaus and registries that erase data on defaults as soon as they are repaid or distribute negative information more than 10 years after defaults are repaid receive a score of 0 for this component.) Yes No 1
Are data on loan amounts below 1% of income per capita distributed? Yes No 1
By law, do borrowers have the right to access their data in the credit bureau or credit registry? Yes No 1
Can banks and financial institutions access borrowers’ credit information online (for example, through an online platform, a system-to-system connection or both)? Yes No 1
Are bureau or registry credit scores offered as a value-added service to help banks and financial institutions assess the creditworthiness of borrowers? Yes No 1
Score ("yes" to either public bureau or private registry) 8
Coverage Credit bureau Credit registry
Number of individuals 260,271 0
Number of firms 9,173 0
Total 269,444 0
Percentage of adult population 25.7 0.0