Tentmaker Reports

Morocco Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


31,951,412 (39th most populous country in the world)

Berber Dialects


Phosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, energy, tourism

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Morocco, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ma.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Morocco as 115 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 82 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Morocco.

In order to start a business in Morocco, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Obtain a certificat negatif, which registers the company name at the Centre Regional d’Investissement (CRI)
  2. Deposit paid-in capital in a bank and obtain an attestation de depot
  3. Legalize statutes at Mayor’s office (Commune)
  4. File documents with CRI to register with the Ministry of Finance for patente tax, with the Tribunal of Commerce, and for social security and taxation
  5. File a declaration with the economic office of the Prefecture (Service Economique de la Commune)
  6. Make company stamp

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Morocco, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.


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Morocco Economic Freedom

The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in 1971 by Klaus Martin Schwab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  It is a non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss both economic and social issues facing the world.  The WEF also serves as a think tank, and publishes a wide range of reports focusing on issues of concern and importance to Forum communities. In particular, Strategic Insight Teams focus on producing reports of relevance in the fields of competitiveness, global risks and scenario thinking.  The Global Competitiveness Report measures competitiveness of countries and economic competitiveness among a wide range of factors such as corruption, tax rates, work ethic, and many others.
1A General government consumption spending as a percentage of total consumption 4.8
Area 1-A Data 23.8
1B Transfers and subsidies as a percentage of GDP 8.4
Area 1-B Data 6.4
1C Government enterprises and investment 10
Area 1-C Data 12.8
1Di Top marginal income tax rate 4
Area 1-Di Data 44
1Dii Top marginal income and payroll tax rates 0
Area 1-Dii Data 0
1D Top marginal tax rate 4
1 Size of Government: Expenditures, Taxes, and Enterprises 6.8
2A Judicial independence (GCR) 4.8
2B Impartial courts (GCR) 4.5
2C Protection of property rights (GCR) 6.1
2D Military interference in rule of law and the political process (CRG) 6.7
2E Integrity of the legal system (CRG) 8.3
2F Legal enforcement of contracts (DB) 4.3
2G Regulatory restrictions on the sale of real property (DB) 7.5
2 Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights 6
3A Money growth 8.4
Area 3-A Data 8.2
3B Standard deviation of inflation 9.4
Area 3-B Data 1.54
3C Inflation: Most recent year 9.6
Area 3-C Data 2.04
3D Freedom to own foreign currency bank accounts 0
3 Access to Sound Money 6.8
4Ai Revenues from trade taxes (% of trade sector) 8
Area 4-A(i) Data 3
4Aii Mean tariff rate 5.4
Area 4-A(ii) Data 23
4Aiii Standard deviation of tariff rates 1.1
Area 4-A(iii) Data 22.3
4A Taxes on international trade 4.8
4Bi Non-tariff trade barriers (GCR) 5.3
4Bii Compliance cost of importing and exporting (DB) 7.9
4B Regulatory Trade Barriers 6.6
4C Size of the trade sector relative to expected 6.1
4D Black-market exchange rates 9
4Ei Foreign ownership/investment restrictions (GCR) 6.6
4Eii Capital Controls 0
4E International Capital Market Controls 3.3
4 Freedom to Trade Internationally 6
5Ai Ownership of banks 5
5Aii Foreign bank competition 3
5Aiii Private sector credit 8.7
5Aiv Interest rate controls/negative real interest rates 9
5A Credit Market Regulations 6.4
5Bi Minimum wage (DB) 0.5
5Bii Hiring and firing regulations (GCR) 4.9
5Biii Centralized collective bargaining (GCR) 6.9
5Biv Mandated cost of hiring (DB) 4.2
5Bv Mandated cost of worker dismissal (DB) 2.1
5Bvi Conscription 1
5B Labor Market Regulations 3.3
5Ci Price controls 4
5Cii Administrative requirements (GCR) 4.1
5Ciii Bureaucracy costs (GCR) 5.2
5Civ Starting a business (DB) 9.3
5Cv Extra payments/bribes (GCR) 4.8
5Cvi Licensing restrictions (DB) 7.7
5Cvii Cost of tax compliance (DB) 6
5C Business Regulations 5.9
5 Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business 5.2
Rank c 104

Morocco Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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