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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

190

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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.

DB 2017 Rank:

72

DB 2016 Rank:

77

Change in Rank:

up5

DB 2017 DTF (% points):

74.80

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

71.74

Change in DTF (% points):

up3.06

STANDARDIZED CONNECTION
Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 5.3
Name of utility Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) (Electricity Distribution Directorate, EDD at the MEW)
City Manama
Indicator Bahrain Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 5 5.0 4.8
Time (days) info_outline 85 81.7 76.2
Cost (% of income per capita) info_outline 66.8 771.8 62.5
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) info_outline 5 4.2 7.5
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Submit application to Electricity Distribution Directorate and await external inspection

    Agency: Electrical contractor licensed by the Electricity and Water Authority

    The client needs to first hire an electrical contractor licensed with the Ministry of Electricity and Water. There are different grades for electricians depending on the type of installations.
    The applicant fills out an application form and submits it to the utility, namely the Electricity Distribution Directorate, EDD (at the Ministry of Electricity and Water).
    The following documents should be attached to the application form:
    • copy of ID card or passport;
    • copy of the commercial register;
    • copy of building permit certificate;
    • copy of address specifying card;
    • ownership deed;
    • certificate of completion of the building from the local municipality; and
    • description summary of the project with the projected load details

    18 calendar days BHD 0
    * 2

    Obtain external inspection by Electricity Distribution Directorate

    Agency: Electricity and Water Authority

    The client needs to then wait for the utility to come and inspect the site.

    1 calendar day BHD 0
    3

    Obtain external works from Electricity Distribution Directorate’s contractor

    Agency: Electricity and Water Authority

    The utility assigns a contractor to be in charge of the external works and obtains the excavation permit through its online application system. The contractor then inspects the site to determine the specifics of the connection and prepares an estimate of the connection fees.
    The contractor will lay out cables from the warehouse to the closest substation.
    The cost of the external works are fixed at BHD 35/KVA.

    60 calendar days BHD 4,900
    * 4

    Obtain internal wiring inspection by Electricity Distribution Directorate

    Agency: Electricity and Water Authority

    The Inspection Department of EDD will conduct a site inspection to verify the compliance of the internal wiring with the existing regulations. The inspector will then fill out an Electrical Installation Completion & Test Certificate form.

    1 calendar day BHD 0
    5

    Obtain meter installation and final connection by Electricity Distribution Directorate

    Agency: Electricity and Water Authority

    When the external works are finished, the meter will be installed by the Supply Department of EDD. At that time, the client is required to present the Electrical Installation Completion certificate obtained in procedure 4.

    7 calendar days BHD 0

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8)
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3)
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 0.86
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 0.63
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? No
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? Yes
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1)
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? No
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1)
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? No
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1)
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://www.mew.gov.bh/default.asp?action=category&id=40
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Answer
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 5.3

    Note:

    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.