Ease of Doing Business in

Iran, Islamic Rep

Iran, Islamic Rep Download Profile (1789.7KB, pdf)
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 79,109,272
GNI Per Capita (US$) 6,019
City covered Tehran



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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 120 117 down
57.26 57.08 down
Starting a Business 102 97 down
85.06 84.86 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 27 27
78.50 77.90 up
Getting Electricity 94 90 down
69.15 69.17 down
Registering Property 86 85 down
64.17 64.33 down
Getting Credit 101 97 down
45.00 45.00
Protecting Minority Investors 165 166 up
35.00 35.00
Paying Taxes 100 99 down
69.79 69.79
Trading across Borders 170 171 up
40.66 39.38 up
Enforcing Contracts 70 69 down
60.00 60.00
Resolving Insolvency 156 155 down
25.25 25.32 down

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

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Indicator Iran, Islamic Rep Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Strength of legal rights index (0-12) info_outline 2 1.4 6.0
Depth of credit information index (0-8) info_outline 7 4.4 6.5
Credit registry coverage (% of adults) info_outline 51 13.5 12.1
Credit bureau coverage (% of adults) info_outline 50.5 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? No
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? Yes
Are secured creditors paid first (i.e. before tax claims and employee claims) when a business is liquidated? Yes
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) 2
Depth of credit information index (0-8) Credit bureau Credit registry Score
Are data on both firms and individuals distributed? Yes Yes 1
Are both positive and negative credit data distributed? Yes Yes 1
Are data from retailers or utility companies - in addition to data from banks and financial institutions - distributed? No No 0
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 Yes 1
By law, do borrowers have the right to access their data in the credit bureau or credit registry? No Yes 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 Yes 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) 7
Coverage Credit bureau Credit registry
Number of individuals 28,292,130 28,520,157
Number of firms 214,006 271,199
Total 28,506,136 28,791,356
Percentage of adult population 50.5 51.0