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Business Reforms in Morocco

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

DB2018

Starting a Business: Morocco made starting a business easier by combining the stamp duty payment with the application for business incorporation.

Registering Property: Morocco made registering property more expensive by increasing registration fees.

Paying Taxes: Morocco made paying taxes easier by improving the online system for filing and paying taxes.

DB2017

Starting a Business: Morocco made the process of starting a business easier by introducing an online platform to reserve the company name and reducing registration fees.

Registering Property: Morocco made registering property easier by streamlining the property registration process.

Getting Credit: In Morocco the credit bureau began to provide credit scores.

Protecting Minority Investors: Morocco strengthened minority investor protections by clarifying ownership and control structures and by requiring greater corporate transparency.

Trading across Borders: Morocco made trading across borders easier by further developing its single window system and thus reducing border compliance time for importing.

DB2016

Starting a Business: Morocco made starting a business easier by eliminating the need to file a declaration of business incorporation with the Ministry of Labor.

Dealing with Construction Permits: Morocco made dealing with construction permits more difficult by requiring architects to submit the building permit request online, along with supporting documents, and to follow up with a hard-copy submission. On the other hand, Morocco reduced the time required to obtain an urban certificate.

Getting Electricity: The utility in Morocco reduced the time required for getting an electricity connection by providing fee estimates more quickly.

Registering Property: Morocco made property transfers faster by establishing electronic communication links between different tax authorities.

Paying Taxes: Morocco made paying taxes easier for companies by improving the electronic platform for filing and paying corporate income tax, VAT and labor taxes. On the other hand, Morocco increased the rate of the social charge paid by employers.

Labor Market Regulation: 1) Morocco implemented an unemployment insurance scheme. 2) Morocco increased the minimum wage increased from 12.24 to 12.85 DH/hour as of July 1, 2014, according to decree n° 2.14.343 of June 2014, published in the official bulletin 5292.

DB2015

Trading across Borders: Morocco made trading across borders easier by reducing the number of export documents required.

DB2014

Starting a Business: Morocco made starting a business easier by reducing the company registration fees.

Registering Property: Morocco made transferring property easier by reducing the time required to register a deed of transfer at the tax authority.

Paying Taxes: Morocco made paying taxes easier for companies by increasing the use of the electronic filing and payment system for social security contributions.

DB2013

Starting a Business: Morocco made starting a business easier by eliminating the minimum capital requirement for limited liability companies.

Registering Property: Morocco made registering property more costly by increasing property registration fees.

DB2012

Dealing with Construction Permits: Morocco made dealing with construction permits easier by opening a one-stop shop.

Protecting Minority Investors: Morocco strengthened investor protections by allowing minority shareholders to obtain any nonconfidential corporate document during trial.

Paying Taxes: Morocco eased the administrative burden of paying taxes for firms by enhancing electronic filing and payment of the corporate income tax and value added tax.

DB2011

Protecting Minority Investors: Morocco strengthened investor protections by requiring greater disclosure in companies’ annual reports.

DB2010

Getting Credit: Morocco improved access to credit information through a new private credit bureau that started operations.

DB2009

Getting Credit: Morocco improved access to credit information by guaranteeing borrowers’ right to inspect their own data in the public credit registry.

Paying Taxes: Morocco made paying taxes less costly for companies by reducing the corporate income tax rate, exempting gains made from the sale of certain buildings from the capital gains tax and abolishing fixed registration duty rates on deeds—though it also increased the tax rates on insurance contracts.

Trading across Borders: Morocco reduced the time for exporting and importing by eliminating the container identification card.

DB2008

Dealing with Construction Permits: Morocco made dealing with construction permits easier by introducing a one-stop shop, which reduced the time required for permit applications.

Registering Property: Morocco made registering property more complicated by implementing a requirement to check several tax agencies—rather than just one—in order to obtain a tax clearance certificate.

Trading across Borders: Morocco made trading across borders easier by introducing a risk-based inspection system.