The World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report, 2017, for the Latin American and Caribbean Division shows certain rankings.
Overall, in terms of doing business, the Bahamas ranks119 out of 190.
When one considers just the Latin American And Caribbean Division, it appears from the rankings on "getting Electricity" we rank no. 30.
There are only 32 countries in the list.
That is, we rank below everyone except St. Kitts & Nevis, and Haiti.
Perhaps the BEC list below, of requirements for changing the name on a meter back to the name of the Company / landlord, is a factor in the lack of ease of doing business.
In addition to the list below, my client was told the company would have to produce proof of title to the property.
Excepting the first three requirements, requirements 4, 6, and 7 appear to be another cross - tax compliance exercise, as if BEC /BPL were a tax enforcement arm of the Government.
Requirements 7: Obtaining a Certificate of Good standing, is another "rent taking" exercise, as each certificate of compliance costs another $50.00 Registry Fee, assuming no professional fees are charged for obtaining this certificate or any other of the paper work. That is, the process involved in complying with items 5,7, 8, 9, and 10, increase the cost of doing business, without any value added for the cost incurred.
I would suggest that the BEC "compliance" requirements should be placed on the list of matters to be reformed to reasonable limits, so that the persons who could otherwise be pursing activities which generate the cash-flow this country needs, are not struggling through a useless paper chase.