Marshall Islands

Ease of Doing Business in

Marshall Islands

This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for the Marshall Islands. The first table lists the overall "Ease of Doing Business" rank (out of 189 economies) and the rankings by each topic. It also lists the economy's distance to frontier (DTF)** measure. The rest of the tables summarize the key indicators for each topic and benchmark against regional and high-income economy (OECD) averages.

Economy Overview

Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 52,555
GNI Per Capita (US$) 4,140
City covered Majuro
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
114 110 down -4

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
55.98 55.80 down 0.18

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 2014 Rank 77 DB 2013 Rank*** 76 Change in Rank down-1
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 77.04 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 76.88 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.16
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 5 5

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 98 89

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)
729.5 986.6 79.1
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 200.0
* 2 Await external site inspection from the Marshalls Energy Company for the preparation of the estimate. 7 calendar days no charge
3 Await completion of the external connection works by Marshalls Energy Company 52 calendar days USD 30,000.0
* 4 Await midway internal wiring inspection carried out by the Marshalls Energy Company 7 calendar days no charge
5 Await final internal wiring inspection carried out by the Marshalls Energy Company and electricity starts flowing 7 calendar days no charge
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

** The distance to frontier (DTF) measure shows the distance of each economy to the "frontier," which represents the highest performance observed on each of the topics including Getting Electricity across all economies included in Doing Business. An economy’s distance to frontier is indicated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 the frontier. Read more...

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

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