This page summarizes Enterprise Surveys data for the Arab Republic of Egypt. The graphs below provide an overview of the sample and highlight the biggest obstacles experienced by private sector firms in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The 12 tables below the graphs summarize key factual indicators at the country and regional levels for each of the business environment topics. A few subjective indicators are also available.

 

NUMBER OF FIRMS SURVEYED

1,814

Business owners and top managers in 1,814 firms were interviewed from October 2016 through April 2017.

Characteristics of Firms Surveyed

Textiles & Garments: 131 Leather Products: 82 Chemicals & Chemical Products: 120 Non-Metallic Mineral Products: 149 Basic Metals & Metal Products: 125 Construction: 115 Services of Motor Vehicles/Wholesale/Retail: 232 Food: 219 Petroleum products, Plastics & Rubber: 142 Machinery & Equipment, Electronics & Vehicles: 78 Wood products, Furniture, Paper & Publishing: 127 IT & IT Services: 66 Transport, Storage, & Communications: 142 Hospitality & Tourism: 86 Textiles & Garments: 131 Leather Products: 82 Chemicals & Chemical Products: 120 Non-Metallic Mineral Products: 149 Basic Metals & Metal Products: 125 Food: 219 Petroleum products, Plastics & Rubber: 142 Machinery & Equipment, Electronics & Vehicles: 78 Food: 219 Food: 219 Textiles & Garments: 131 Textiles & Garments: 131 Leather Products: 82 Leather Products: 82 Chemicals & Chemical Products: 120 Chemicals & Chemical Products: 120 Non-Metallic Mineral Products: 149 Non-Metallic Mineral Products: 149 Basic Metals & Metal Products: 125 Basic Metals & Metal Products: 125 Construction: 115 Construction: 115 Services of Motor Vehicles/Wholesale/Retail: 232 Services of Motor Vehicles/Wholesale/Retail: 232 Hospitality & Tourism: 86 Hospitality & Tourism: 86 Transport, Storage, & Communications: 142 Transport, Storage, & Communications: 142 IT & IT Services: 66 IT & IT Services: 66 Wood products, Furniture, Paper & Publishing: 127 Wood products, Furniture, Paper & Publishing: 127 Machinery & Equipment, Electronics & Vehicles: 78 Machinery & Equipment, Electronics & Vehicles: 78 Petroleum products, Plastics & Rubber: 142 Petroleum products, Plastics & Rubber: 142 Small (5-19): 719 Large (100+): 535 Medium (20-99): 560 Small (5-19): 719 Large (100+): 535 Medium (20-99): 560 Small (5-19): 719 Small (5-19): 719 Medium (20-99): 560 Medium (20-99): 560 Large (100+): 535 Large (100+): 535 Greater Cairo: 650 Middle And East Delta: 313 Frontier: 79 Suez Region: 120 Southern Upper Egypt: 127 Northern Upper Egypt: 238 West Delta: 287 Greater Cairo: 650 Middle And East Delta: 313 Frontier: 79 Suez Region: 120 Greater Cairo: 650 Greater Cairo: 650 Middle And East Delta: 313 Middle And East Delta: 313 West Delta: 287 West Delta: 287 Northern Upper Egypt: 238 Northern Upper Egypt: 238 Southern Upper Egypt: 127 Southern Upper Egypt: 127 Suez Region: 120 Suez Region: 120 Frontier: 79 Frontier: 79

NUMBER OF FIRMS SURVEYED

1,814

After being presented with a list of 15 business environment obstacles, business owners and top managers in 1,814 firms were asked to choose the biggest obstacle to their business.

Ranking of the Top Business Environment Obstacle for Firms

% firms choosing the informal sector as the biggest obstacle: 3.1 % firms choosing labor regulations as the biggest obstacle: 4.1 % firms choosing poorly educated workers as the biggest obstacle: 4.4 % firms choosing trade regulations as the biggest obstacle: 4.6 % firms choosing electricity as the biggest obstacle: 5.9 % firms choosing corruption as the biggest obstacle: 6.6 % firms choosing business licensing as the biggest obstacle: 8.2 % firms choosing tax rates as the biggest obstacle: 8.7 % firms choosing access to finance as the biggest obstacle: 13.2 % firms choosing political instability as the biggest obstacle: 33.8

ECONOMY OVERVIEW

Country Highlights summarize the key findings from the Enterprise Survey

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Country Profiles provide key investment climate indicators for a country with benchmarks against their respective regional and income groups

the Arab Republic of Egypt Country Profile

the Arab Republic of Egypt Country Profile

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REGION:
Middle East & North Africa
INCOME CATEGORY:
Lower middle income
POPULATION:
91,508,084
GNI PER CAPITA (US $):
3,340

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Indicator Egypt, Arab Rep. Middle East & North Africa All Countries 2  
Bribery incidence (percent of firms experiencing at least one bribe payment request) Percent of firms experiencing at least one bribe payment request during 6 transactions dealing with utilities access, permits, licences, and taxes.

15.2 23.8 17.6  
Bribery depth (% of public transactions where a gift or informal payment was requested) Bribery depth is the percentage of transactions (out of 6 transactions dealing with utilities access, permits, licences, and taxes) where a gift or informal payment was requested.

13.6 20.5 13.7  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts in meetings with tax officials Percent of firms expected to give gifts or an informal payment in meetings with tax officials.

13.2 19.3 12.9  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts to secure government contract Percent of establishments that consider that firms with characteristics similar to theirs are making informal payments or giving gifts to public officials to secure government contract.

14.2 40.3 29.0  
Value of gift expected to secure a government contract (% of contract value) Percentage of the contract value expected as a gift to secure a government contract. Only firms that have confirmed that they have secured or attempted to secure a government contract in the last 12 months were required to answer this question.

0 0.9 1.7  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts to get an operating license Percent of firms expected to give gifts or an informal payment to get an operating license.

20.7 15.9 14.1  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts to get an import license Percent of firms expected to give gifts or an informal payment to get an import license.

20.9 22.1 14.2  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts to get a construction permit Percent of firms expected to give gifts or an informal payment to get a construction permit.

27.9 25.7 23.1  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts to get an electrical connection Percent of firms expected to give gifts or an informal payment to get an electrical connection.

2.0 22.4 15.7  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts to get a water connection Percent of firms expected to give gifts or an informal payment to get a water connection.

25.6 16.0 15.8  
Percent of firms expected to give gifts to public officials "to get things done" Percent of establishments that consider that firms with characteristics similar to theirs are making informal payments or giving gifts to public officials to "get things done” with regard to customs, taxes, licenses, regulations, services, etc.

19.0 19.5 22.2  
Percent of firms identifying corruption as a major constraint Percent of firms identifying corruption as a major constraint. The computation of the indicator is based on the rating of the obstacle as a potential constraint to the current operations of the establishment.

68.2 54.2 32.6  
Percent of firms identifying the courts system as a major constraint Percent of firms identifying the courts system as a major constraint. The computation of the indicator is based on the rating of the obstacle as a potential constraint to the current operations of the establishment.

24.0 17.9 14.6  
  • Notes

    * This indicator is computed using data from manufacturing firms only.

    Additional Notes

    1. Most surveys were administered using the Enterprise Surveys Global Methodology as outlined in the Methodology page, while some others did not strictly adhere to the Enterprise Surveys Global Methodology. For example, for surveys which do not follow the Global Methodology, the Universe under consideration may have consisted of only manufacturing firms or the questionnaire used may have been different from the standard global questionnaire. Data users should exercise caution when comparing raw data and point estimates between surveys that did and did not adhere to the Enterprise Surveys Global Methodology. For surveys which did not adhere to the Global Methodology plus Afghanistan 2008, any inference from one of these surveys is representative only for the data sample itself.
    2. Regional and "all countries" averages of indicators are computed by taking a simple average of country-level point estimates. For each economy, only the latest available year of survey data is used in this computation. Only surveys, posted during the years 2010-2017, and adhering to the Enterprise Surveys Global Methodology are used to compute these regional and "all countries" averages.
    3. Descriptions of firm subgroup levels, e.g. how the ex post groupings are constructed, are provided in the Indicator Descriptions (PDF, 710KB) document.
    4. Statistics derived from less than or equal to five firms are displayed with an "n.a." to maintain confidentiality and should be distinguished from ".." which indicates missing values. Also note for three growth-related indicators under the "Performance" topic, these indicators are not computed when they are derived from less than 30 firms.
    5. Standard errors are labeled "n.c.", meaning not computed, for the following:

           1) indicators for all surveys that were not conducted using the Enterprise Surveys Global Methodology and

           2) for indicator breakdowns by ex post groupings: exporter or ownership type, and gender of the top manager.
    6. Please cite our data as follows:

      Enterprise Surveys (http://www.enterprisesurveys.org), The World Bank.