West Bank and Gaza

Ease of Doing Business in

West Bank and Gaza

This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for West Bank and Gaza. 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 Middle East & North Africa
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 4,046,901
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,679
City covered Ramallah
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
138 145 down 7

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
54.65 53.11 down 1.54
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Doing Business reform making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2014 Rank 143 DB 2013 Rank*** 182 Change in Rank up39
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 65.71 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 50.64 Change in DTF** (% points) up15.07

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator West Bank and Gaza Middle East & North Africa OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
9 8 5

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
45.0 19.8 11.1

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
85.5 28.9 3.6

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in Min. Capital (% of income per capita)
0.0 45.4 10.4
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a unique company name 1 day ILS 87
2 The hired lawyer signs the company documents 1-3 days USD 1000
3 Register at the Companies Registry 3-4 days see comments
4 Pay the registration fees 1 day no charge
5 Register for income and VAT tax 1-3 days no charge
6 Register with the Chamber of Commerce 3-5 days USD 158
* 7 Obtain the business license from the Municipality 35 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) ILS 120
* 8 Obtain approval from the Fire Department 1-3 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) 0.15 USD per square meter
* 9 Obtain approval from the Ministry of Health 3 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) 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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