The licences and permits regime is reportedly excessive, even after cutbacks, and constitutes an obstacle to doing business in the country, as reported by the US Department of State 2013.
According to the US Department of State 2012, government officials responsible for issuing licenses often demand documents that are not compulsory, deliberately conceal information or even try to confuse a potential business applying for a licensee. Officials may also delay the process of issuing documents in order to encourage businesses to offer a bribe in return for expedited processing.
Another area for corrupt practices are business inspections conducted by government officials. Thus, Global Integrity 2011 reports that, in practice, business inspections by government officials to ensure public health and safety standards are usually carried out in an arbitrary and ad hoc manner, and bribes are often paid by companies in return for favourable treatment or expedited processing.