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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Egypt rises six spots to 114th in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report

Egypt jumped six spots to rank 114th out of 190 countries in the World Bank Group’s 2020 Ease of Doing Business report (pdf), up from 120th last year. The country’s score rose to 60.1 from 58.56 and is among 42 countries to have implemented regulatory reforms that facilitated doing business in three or more of the 10 topics included in the report compared to last year. Egypt made changes in four key areas that improved our ranking:

  • Starting a business: The process of starting a new business became easier over the past year with the improvement of our “one-stop shop” system. Egypt also scrapped a previous requirement for businesses to “obtain a certificate of nonconfusion,” the report notes.
  • Tax payments: Paying taxes has also been made easier through the introduction of an online system that allows businesses to file and pay their corporate income and value added taxes.
  • Egypt also stepped up protections for minority investors by creating new requirements for listed businesses to get shareholder approval when issuing new shares on the stock market.
  • The report also pointed out an improvement in the reliability of electricity supply for companies in Egypt, which comes on the back of a new automated system that monitors and reports power outages.

How did we fare in comparison to others? New Zealand and Singapore once again landed in the top two spots of the global ranking, followed by Hong Kong, which rose one spot to edge out Denmark from third. Somalia retained its spot at the bottom of the chart, with its score actually falling slightly from last year’s report. The UAE remains the highest ranked MENA country, despite falling to the 16th spot from 11 last year. Saudi Arabia was also the most-improved economy this year, soaring to the 62nd spot from 92 last year.

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