NSRL costs Barbados in doing business report

Government’s controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) has been identified as one of the main reasons for Barbados’ steep drop in the World Bank Doing Business 2018 Report, in which the island is ranked 132nd, down from 119th in the 2016 report. Barbados was not ranked in the 2017 report.

“Barbados made paying taxes more difficult by introducing a new National Social Responsibility Levy of two per cent on the value of products before Value Added Tax,” it said in its summaries of doing business reform in 2016/2017.

That tax was drastically increased as at July 1 this year to ten per cent.

The 2018 report, entitled Reforming to Create Jobs, compared business regulation for domestic firms in 190 economies and the data is “current” as of June 1, 2017. The report was published on Tuesday.

In its current position, Barbados now ranks well below Jamaica, which was ranked 70th overall, and trails other Caribbean countries such as St Lucia at 91, Dominica (98), Trinidad and Tobago (102), Antigua and Barbuda (107), the Bahama (119), Guyana (126) and St Vincent and the Grenadines in 129th position.

Only St Kitts and Nevis at 134, Grenada at 142, and Haiti at 181 performed worse than Barbados.

The decline began in the 2015 report when Barbados was ranked 106th, down from 91st the previous year, when Jamaica was in 94th place.

A breakdown of the information revealed that Barbados ranked 89th when it came to paying taxes, with the report stating that it took an average of 245 hours per year to make an average of 29 payments, with a total tax and contribution rate of 35.3 per cent of profit.

The country ranked 99th in starting a business, which takes an average of 15 days, while securing construction permits can take up to 442 days, placing Barbados at 155 in that category.

Registering a property took 105 days, ranking the country at 133 in this category and getting electricity took 88 days on average with a ranking of 160.

According to the World Bank report, Barbados was ranked 133rd when it came to businesses getting credit; 167th for protecting minority investors; 129th for trading across borders and 167th for enforcing contracts.

However, the island ranked an impressive 34th for resolving insolvency.

New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark were the top three ranked economies in the Doing Business 2018 report.

11 Responses to NSRL costs Barbados in doing business report

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 2, 2017 at 5:03 am


  2. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus November 2, 2017 at 5:51 am

    & chris said what again?

  3. Santini More
    Santini More November 2, 2017 at 6:16 am

    NSRL: The gift that keeps on taking!

  4. Roger Manning
    Roger Manning November 2, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Many still ready to give this Government a third term. Smh

    • Natalia Reid
      Natalia Reid November 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

      You know that still amazes me?? There are people out there who believe this bunch is doing the absolute best job that they can…smh

    • Errol Rayside
      Errol Rayside November 2, 2017 at 8:53 am

      In jail

  5. Ezra Hinds
    Ezra Hinds November 2, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Don’t worry I gearing up to start my ease of doing business in Barbados series.

  6. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe November 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Yet another downgrade …. what excuse or rational will be given this time. smh

    We appear to be in a race to the bottom

  7. Thunder November 2, 2017 at 10:36 am

    The D.L.P government sat on a wall,the D.l.P government had a great fall all the kings horses,and all the kings men,couldn’t put the D.L.P party together again!

  8. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

    What has the D.L.P party ever done right?

  9. Alan Winter November 5, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Look at it from their point of view: They’ve been able to swindle the average person and win the race to the bottom and James Austin Bynoe said.

    Its ALL about self !! They’ve made themselves very rich and the reports show it. Its as clear as mud…. They care bout money at the expense of the country, its people and the next generation !!

    Real sad, black people have worked so hard for centuries and people just ripping them off, and robbing people blind, and they wear they same skin color as their citizens. That would never be the Chinese, Caucasians or Asians – they WORK TOGETHER.

    Same old, same old. In my lifetime, Ive NEVER seen a black person help another black person sincerely…. Its a dream !!


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