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Bahrain mulls 'fast-track' municipal services system

Businesses would pay additional fee of up to 50 percent for faster service under proposed scheme

Bahrain mulls 'fast-track' municipal services system
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Investors and businessmen in Bahrain would be given the option to pay the municipality a fee to process their requests faster, as part of a new fast-track scheme under review in the Gulf state.

According to the chairman of the Southern Municipal Council, Ahmed Al Ansari, a proposal on the system has already been approved by the council and referred to the works, municipal affairs and urban planning minister, Essam Khalaf, reported Gulf Daily News.

The new scheme would allow investors and businessmen to tag their applications as “top priority” by paying an extra fee of up to 50 percent more than the existing cost.

“Municipal services are not expensive in Bahrain and this is what makes us a preferable destination for investors and businesses from across the world. However, the process, slow despite being electronic, requires tens of officials to have a look at each permit and licence, leading to delays in projects,” said Al Ansari.

“The fast-lane is the solution and for an investor willing to pay BD10,000 ($26,500), paying BD5,000 ($13,300) as additional charges will not mean a lot,” he added.

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