Posted on October 26, 2019

Following national efforts to enhance legal efficiency, Qatar has advanced its rankings in the World Bank Group’s Enforcing Contracts Indicator and Quality of Judicial Process for 2020. This improvement is driven by leading legal entities including the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC), who align with international best practices to enhance the judicial process.

With an overall score of 52.79, Qatar now ranks 54.60 in the Enforcing Contracts Index and 4.5 in the Quality of Judicial Progress, previously ranked 3.5 for the last three consecutive years. This represents an improvement across several measurement areas compared to previous years.

Commenting on the enhanced global ranking, Faisal al-Sahouti, QICDRC CEO said: “The improved rankings reflect the collaborated efforts of all institutes in Qatar that relate to both of the indexes and reiterate Qatar’s commitment to continuing its mission to improve judicial and legal services.” He added: “This is in line with the country’s national vision to attract foreign investors by providing a healthy legal and judicial environment for their investments.” He concluded: “Qatar’s legislative and economic enhancement plans will definitely support the improvement of other indexes and I am confident that we will continue to score higher rankings in coming years.“

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The World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business Report assesses the regulations affecting domestic firms in a total of 190 counties. Each country ranking is determined by a comprehensive assessment of ten indicators impacting the ease of doing business, including ongoing reform efforts. Earlier this year, Qatar was ranked in the report’s top-20 'Improvers in Doing Business’ based on measurable strides in the modernisation of public services and regulatory reforms.

The QICDRC has effectively reduced time and costs associated with alternative dispute resolution hearings in Qatar, contributing to the country’s overall rise in the Enforcing Contracts Indicator. QICDRC officials also met with representatives from the World Bank Group in 2018 and 2019 to discuss ways to enhance judicial proceedings and help develop a positive investment environment in Qatar. Since its establishment in 2009, QICDRC has developed an accessible judicial framework to attract foreign direct investment within the Qatar Financial Centre and contribute to Qatar’s economic diversification plans as outlined by the Qatar National Vision 2030.