Marshall Islands

Ease of Doing Business in

Marshall Islands

This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for the Marshall Islands. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 52,634
GNI Per Capita (US$) 4,200
City covered Majuro
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
139 136 down -3

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
54.72 54.83 down -0.11

Getting Electricity


The challenges required for a business to obtain a permanent electricity connection for a newly constructed warehouse are shown below. Included are the number of steps, time, and cost.

DB 2015 Rank 68 DB 2014 Rank*** 63 Change in Rank down-5
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 78.83 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 78.79 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.04
Indicator Marshall Islands East Asia & Pacific OECD

The number of procedures to obtain a permanent electricity connection. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company employees or the company’s main electrician with external parties.

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Procedures (number)
5.0 4.6 4.7

The number of days to obtain a permanent electricity connection. The measure captures the median duration that the electricity utility and experts indicate is necessary in practice, rather than required by law, to complete a procedure.

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Time (days)
67.0 77.4 76.8

The cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. Costs are recorded exclusive of value added tax.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
719.0 887.6 73.2
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Submit an application to Marshalls Energy Company and await an estimate of connection fees. 7 calendar days USD 200
* 2 Await external site inspection from the Marshalls Energy Company for the preparation of the estimate. 7 calendar days USD 0
3 Await completion of the external connection works by Marshalls Energy Company 52 calendar days USD 30,000
* 4 Await midway internal wiring inspection carried out by the Marshalls Energy Company 7 calendar days USD 0
5 Await final internal wiring inspection carried out by the Marshalls Energy Company and electricity starts flowing 7 calendar days USD 0
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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