The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level.

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Paying Taxes 2019

This report, the thirteenth in a series from the World Bank Group and PwC, measures tax systems for a domestic company complying with tax laws and regulations in each economy.

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Case Study: The role of training in entrepreneurship and property rights

Doing Business 2019: Case Study on Starting a Business and Registering Property - By keeping records of a company’s formal existence and of land ownership rights, business and land registries play a critical role in any ...

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Case Study: Understanding the benefits of wiring regulation

Doing Business 2019: Case Study on Getting Electricity - There are myriad supply-side impediments to gaining access to electricity, but safety is too often absent from the discussion. Faulty wiring can cause direct ...


HIGHLIGHTS

Main findings for Doing Business 2019:

  • Doing Business captured a record 314 regulatory reforms between June 2, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Worldwide, 128 economies introduced substantial regulatory improvements making it easier to do business in all areas measured by Doing Business.
  • One-third of all business regulatory reforms recorded by Doing Business 2019 were in the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a total of 107 reforms,  Sub-Saharan Africa once again has a record number this year.
  • The BRIC economies—Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China—introduced a total of 21 reforms, with getting electricity and trading across borders the most common areas of improvement.
  • The 10 top economies in the ease of doing business ranking share common features of regulatory efficiency and quality, including mandatory inspections during construction, automated tools used by distribution utilities to restore service during power outages, strong safeguards available to creditors in insolvency proceedings and automated specialized commercial courts.
  • Training opportunities for service providers and users are positively associated with the ease of doing business score. Similarly, increased public-private communication on legislative changes and processes affecting SMEs are associated with more reforms and better performance on the Doing Business indicators.

 

External Review

  • Statement on Doing Business External Audit 2018: English l Spanish
  • Doing Business External Audit 2018 Full Report (English) & Executive Summary (Spanish)
  • Doing Business External Audit 2018 Management Response: English l Spanish

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RECENT PUBLICATION

Doing Business 2019

Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 16th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.

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SUBNATIONAL REPORTS

Doing Business in Nigeria 2018

Doing Business in Nigeria 2018—the fourth subnational report of the Doing Business series in Nigeria— compares business regulations in 36 states and FCT Abuja and measures progress since 2014 in four regulatory areas: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property and enforcing contracts. It also incorporates measures of regulatory quality in the latter three indicators. The report finds that 29 states implemented 43 reforms across the four areas benchmarked, making it easier for local entrepreneurs to start and operate a business.

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Subnational Doing Business studies have benchmarked 510 locations in 75 economies since 2005

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