Dealing with licences in Morocco is cumbersome and time-consuming, and the process of starting a company is still not easy. Figures from the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 indicate that Morocco has a disadvantage in the region with regards to the time and number of procedures required to start a company.
According to Global Integrity 2010, the issuing of a number of licences and permits is subject to preferential treatment and may include bribery. These include the right to have a taxi in the urban and inter-urban areas, transportation amenities, offshore and fishing rights, alcohol licences and the use of natural sand.
Another area for corrupt practices is business inspections conducted by government officials. Global Integrity 2010 reports that 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.