Ease of Doing Business in

West Bank and Gaza

West Bank and Gaza Download Profile (1897KB, pdf)
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 4,422,143
GNI Per Capita (US$) 3,105
City covered Ramallah



DB 2017 Rank



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 140 138 down
53.21 51.81 down
Starting a Business 169 173 up
69.36 64.79 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 157 174 up
55.98 49.09 up
Getting Electricity 70 72 up
75.25 72.78 up
Registering Property 93 93
62.71 62.66 up
Getting Credit 118 109 down
40.00 40.00
Protecting Minority Investors 158 157 down
38.33 38.33
Paying Taxes 101 100 down
69.71 69.71
Trading across Borders 99 97 down
68.21 68.21
Enforcing Contracts 122 122
52.51 52.51
Resolving Insolvency 169 169
0.00 0.00

DB 2017 Rank: 169

DB 2016 Rank: 173

Change in Rank: up4

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 69.36

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 64.79

Change in DTF (% points): up4.57

Indicator West Bank and Gaza Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 10.0 7.8 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 43.0 20.1 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 46.9 26.3 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 11.0 8.6 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 44.0 20.9 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 46.9 26.3 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.0 11.2 9.2
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

Obtain husband's permission to leave the home

Agency: Home

Per Jordanian Personal Status Law of 2010, Art. 62 The wife is considered disobedient if she leaves the marital home without a legitimate reason or prevent her spouse from entering her house. Additionally, Egyptian Personal Status Law as Amended by Law No. 100 of 1985, Art. 1 Maintenance is not due to the wife who leaves the marital home without her husband’s permission.
1 day no charge

Reserve a unique company name and obtain approval

Agency: Companies Comptroller (Ministry of National Economy)

The proposed company name can be checked and reserved at the Companies Comptroller. If the name is available for registration, payment of the name reservation fees should be paid to the account of the Ministry of National Economy or the Ministry of Finance at the Bank of Palestine.
1 day fees included in procedure 3

The hired lawyer signs the company documents

Agency: Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer to draft the articles of association and the company bylaws is recommended. These documents must then be stamped by the Lawyers Bar association before being filed at the companies' controller. The associated fees (at least 1000 USD) should be deposited with the Bar which will retain 10% of the fee and transfer the remaining 90% to the lawyer. This decision came into force in January 2010.
2 days USD 1,000

Register at the Companies Comptroller

Agency: Companies Comptroller

The following documents are required for submission in order to register at the Companies Comptroller:
- Articles of association (3 copies)
- Company bylaws (3 copies)
- Shareholders identification card (copies)
- Verified company name
- Registration application (3 copies)
- Powers of attorney

Fee schedule for company registration:
- Company name verification: ILS 87 (included in Procedure 1)
- Application: ILS 285
- Signature verification: ILS 84 per signature (minimum number of required signatures is two to form a private limited company or seven to form a public limited company). Note that signing must occur before the Company Registrar
- Initial deposit of 1/1,000 of the stated capital

There are two separate types of fees, one that varies with the number of shareholders and another that is a percentage of the stated capital.
2 days see comments

Pay the registration fees and open bank account

Agency: Bank of Palestine

Registration fees must be paid to the account of the Ministry of National Economy/Companies Controller at the Bank of Palestine upon submission of the registration documents. The Ministry will not review the application until the fee is paid.
The company also needs to open a corporate bank account in order to register at the tax authority and VAT.
1 day fees included in procedure 3

Register for income and VAT tax

Agency: Tax office

The tax offices are located at the Ministry of Finance; the company receives the same unique registration number for both VAT and income tax. In most cases, accountants register the company for these taxes.
2 days no charge
* 7

Obtain the business license from the Municipality

Agency: Municipality

The time and cost for obtaining a business license varies from sector to sector. However, for general trading the time is about 3 weeks and the fees are about ILS 20 for application and ILS 100 for the license. The municipality previously sent notices to the health and the relevant security authorities, such as the civil defense, to proceed with their inspections of the company premises. Since January 2014, a civil defense employee from the Fire Department and a doctor from the Ministry of Health were appointed at the municipality in order to carry out the necessary inspections and grant approvals for the business license as soon as the entrepreneur applies. Nevertheless, the business premises must still undergo inspection by these officials.
36 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) ILS 120
* 8

Obtain clearance of the Internal Policy Manual (HR Issues)

Agency: Ministry of Labor

By law, Art 91 of the Labor law, the internal policy manual dealing with HR issues within the company must be sent for clearance at the Ministry of Labor. In this manual information on annual and sick leave policies, benefits and other HR policies must be clearly provided for approval.
1 to 3 weeks (simultaneous with previous procedure) No charge
* 9

Obtain approval from the Ministry of Health

Agency: Ministry of Health

This health certificate is needed to show that you are in good health. Normally not all companies should undergo this process, but in practice all companies must obtain this health certificate in order to obtain a license from the Municipality of Ramallah
3 days (simultaneous with previous only) no charge
* 10

Obtain approval from the Fire Department

Agency: Fire Department

The fire department approval granted by the civil defense employee located at the municipality is necessary to obtain the business license.

Furthermore, in order to obtain the fire department's approval, a small office is obliged to obtain a fire extinguisher and other safety supplies. In addition, a larger office (a whole floor for example) needs to setup a fire alarm system.
2 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) 65 ILS per 100 square meter

Register with the Chamber of Commerce

Agency: Chamber of Commerce

Registration with the Chamber is required under Article 9 of the Chamber of Commerce Law of 2011. The following documents must be submitted:

- Articles of association
- Company bylaws
- Company registration certificate

The fee to register with the Chamber of Commerce depends on the company’s capital and on the nature of business. For a Grade B with registered capital between USD 20,000 and USD 50,000, the membership fee is JD 100 (about $143), the initial administrative fee of ILS 50 (about $15), and the annual fee of USD 80.
1 day ILS 80

* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

Applies to women only.