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Transparency in Business Regulation

The data on the accessibility of regulatory information, collected between January and August 2012, measures how easy it is to access fee schedules for 4 regulatory processes in the largest business city of an economy: registering a new company, obtaining a building permit, connecting a business to electricity and transferring property. Fee schedules are considered easily accessible if they can be obtained either through the website of the relevant agency or through public notices (e.g., brochures or notice boards) available at the agency or a related one, without a need to meet with an official. They are considered not easily accessible if they can be obtained only by meeting with an official.

For incorporation fees the relevant agency is the company registry; for building permit fees, the building department; for electricity connection fees, the distribution utility or electricity regulator; and for property transfer fees, the property registry. The data was collected with the support of USAID.

How transparent is business regulation?

This case study finds that easier access to regulatory information such as fee schedules is associated with greater regulatory efficiency, lower compliance costs and better regulatory quality for businesses.
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AfghanistanYesNoNoYesYeswww.aisa.af
AlbaniaYesNoYesNoYeswww.qkr.gov.al
AlgeriaYesNoYesYesYeswww.cnrc.org.dz
AngolaYesNoNoYesYeswww.gue.minjus-ao.com
Antigua and BarbudaNoNoYesNoNo 
ArgentinaYesNoYesNoYeswww.jus.gov.ar
ArmeniaYesNoYesNoYeswww.e-register.am
AustraliaYesNoYesYesYeswww.asic.gov.au, www.asic.gov.au
AustriaYesNoYesNoYeswww.ris.bka.gv.at
AzerbaijanYesNoYesNoYeswww.taxes.gov.az
Bahamas, TheYesNoNoYesYeswww.moic.gov.bh
BahrainYesNoNoNoYeswww.rjsc.org
BangladeshYesNoYesNoYeswww.caipo.gov.bb
BelarusYesNoYesYesYesWebsites of each Registration Office e.g. Minsk: www.minsk.gov.by
BelgiumYesNoYesYesYesWebsites of the recognized one-stop shops: www.xerius.be, www.securex.eu Website Annexes to the Be
BelizeYesNoYesNoYeswww.belizecompaniesregistry.gov.bz, www.belizelaw.org
BeninNoNoYesNoNo 
BhutanYesNoYesYesYeswww.moea.gov.bt
BoliviaYesNoNoYesYeswww.fundempresa.org.bo
Bosnia and HerzegovinaNoNoYesNoNo 
BotswanaNoNoYesNoNo 
BrazilYesNoYesYesYeswww.jucesp.fazenda.sp.gov.br
Brunei DarussalamNoNoYesNoNowww.eregistry.agc.gov.br (restricted to submission of forms and are not all conclusive)
BulgariaYesNoYesNoYeswww.brra.bg
Burkina FasoYesNoNoNoYeswww.me.bf
BurundiNoNoYesNoNo 
Cabo VerdeYesNoNoYesNo 
CambodiaNoNoYesNoNo 
CameroonNoNoYesNoNo 
CanadaYesNoYesNoYeswww.ic.gc.ca
Central African RepublicNoNoYesNoNo 
ChadYesNoNoYesNo 
ChileYesNoYesYesYeswww.conservador.cl
ChinaYesNoYesYesYeswww.shzw.eastday.com
ColombiaYesNoYesYesYeswww.ccb.org.co
ComorosYesNoNoYesYeswww.comores.e-regulations.org
Congo, Dem. Rep.YesNoYesYesNo 
Congo, Rep.NoNoYesNoNo 
Costa RicaYesNoYesYesYeswww.rnpdigital.com
Côte d'IvoireNoYesNoNoNo 
CroatiaYesNoYesNoYeswww.tszg.hr
CyprusYesNoYesNoYeswww.mcit.gov.cy
Czech RepublicNoNoYesNoNo 
DenmarkYesNoYesYesYeswww.virk.dk
DjiboutiYesNoYesYesNo 
DominicaYesNoYesNoYeswww.dominica.gov.dm
Dominican RepublicYesNoNoYesYeswww.onapi.gob.do
EcuadorNoNoYesNoNo 
Egypt, Arab Rep.YesNoYesYesYeswww.gafinet.org
El SalvadorYesNoYesYesYeswww.cnr.sv
Equatorial GuineaNoYesNoNoNo 
EritreaNoYesNoNoNo 
EstoniaYesNoYesNoYeswww.just.ee
EthiopiaNoNoYesNoNo 
FijiYesNoNoNoYeswww.egov.gov.fj
FinlandYesNoYesYesYeswww.prh.fi
FranceYesNoNoYesYeswww.greffes.com www.infogreffe.fr
GabonNoYesNoNoNo 
Gambia, TheNoYesNoNoNo 
GeorgiaYesNoYesNoYeswww.napr.gov.ge
GermanyYesNoYesNoYeswww.gesetze-im-internet.de
GhanaYesNoYesYesYeswww.grd.gov.gh
GreeceYesYesNoNoYeswww.startupgreece.gov.gr
GrenadaYesNoYesNoYeswww.caipo.gov.gd
GuatemalaNoNoYesNoNo 
GuineaYesNoYesYesNo 
Guinea-BissauYesNoNoYesNo 
GuyanaNoNoYesNoNo 
HaitiNoNoYesNoNo 
HondurasYesNoNoYesYeswww.sic.gob.hn
Hong Kong SAR, ChinaYesNoYesNoYeswww.cr.gov.hk, www.ird.gov.hk, www.ird.gov.hk
HungaryNoNoYesNoNo 
IcelandYesNoNoYesYeswww.rsk.is
IndiaYesNoYesYesYeswww.mca.gov.in
IndonesiaYesNoYesYesYeswww.sisminbakum.go.id
Iran, Islamic Rep.YesNoYesNoYeswww.ssaa.ir
IraqNoYesNoNoNo 
IrelandYesNoYesNoYeswww.cro.ie
IsraelYesNoYesNoYeswww.justice.gov.il
ItalyYesNoNoNoYeswww.registroimprese.it www.rm.camcom.it
JamaicaYesNoYesYesYeswww.orcamaica.com
JapanYesNoYesNoYeswww.nta.go.jp
JordanYesNoYesNoYeswww.ccd.gov.jo
KazakhstanNoNoYesNoNo 
KenyaYesNoYesNoYeswww.attorney-general.go.ke
KiribatiNoYesNoNoNo 
Korea, Rep.YesNoNoYesYeswww.startbiz.go.kr and other agencies related to the registration of the company e.g. National Insurance Corporation, National Pension Service
KosovoYesNoYesNoYeswww.arbk.org
KuwaitYesNoNoNoYeswww.kuwaitchamber.org.kw
Kyrgyz RepublicYesNoYesYesYeswww.minjust.gov.kg
Lao PDRNoNoYesNoNo 
LatviaYesNoYesNoYeswww.ur.gov.lv
LebanonYesNoNoNoYeswww.idal.com.lb
LesothoNoNoNoNoNo 
LiberiaYesNoNoYesYeswww.lbr.gov.lr
LithuaniaYesNoYesYesYeswww.registrucentras.it
LuxembourgYesNoYesNoYeswww.rcsl.lu
Macedonia, FYRYesNoYesNoYeswww.crm.com.mk
MadagascarYesNoYesYesYeswww.edbm.gov.mg
MalawiNoNoYesNoNo 
MalaysiaYesNoYesYesYeswww.ssm.com.my
MaldivesYesNoNoNoYeswww.trade.gov.mv
MaliYesNoYesYesYeswww.apimali.gov.ml
MaltaYesNoYesNoYeswww.registry.mfsa.com.mt
Marshall IslandsNoYesNoNoNo 
MauritaniaNoNoYesNoNo 
MauritiusYesNoYesYesYeswww.gov.mu
MexicoYesNoYesYesYeswww.tuempresa.gob.mx
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.YesNoYesYesNo 
MoldovaYesNoYesNoYeswww.cis.gov.md
MongoliaYesNoYesYesYeswww.registrationmongolia.com
MontenegroYesNoYesYesYeswww.crps.me
MoroccoYesNoNoYesYeswww.casainvest.ma
MozambiqueNoNoYesNoNo 
NamibiaNoNoYesNoNo 
NepalYesNoNoNoYes 
NetherlandsYesNoNoYesYeswww.kvk.nl
New ZealandYesNoYesNoYeswww.business.govt.nz
NicaraguaNoNoYesNoNo 
NigerYesNoYesNoYeswww.niger.eregulations.org
NigeriaYesNoNoYesYeswww.cac.gov.ng
NorwayYesNoYesNoYeswww.brreg.no
OmanYesNoNoYesYeswww.mci.gov.om
PakistanYesNoYesYesYeswww.secp.gov.pk
PalauYesNoNoYesNo 
PanamaYesNoYesNoYeswww.panamaemprende.gob.pa, www.asamblea.gob.pa
Papua New GuineaYesNoYesNoYeswww.ipa
ParaguayYesNoNoNoYeswww.suae.gov.py
PeruYesNoYesYesYeswww.sunarp.gob.pe
PhilippinesYesNoYesYesYeswww.sec.gov.ph
PolandYesNoYesNoYeshttps://ems.ms.gov.pl
PortugalYesNoYesNoYeswww.portaldaempresa.pt
Puerto Rico (U.S.)YesNoYesNoYeshttps://prcorpfiling.f1hst.com
QatarYesNoNoNoYeswww.mbt.gov.qa
RomaniaYesNoYesYesYeswww.onrc.ro
Russian FederationNoNoYesNoNo 
RwandaYesNoYesYesYeswww.org.rdb.rw
SamoaYesNoNoYesYes 
São Tomé and PríncipeYesNoYesYesNo 
Saudi ArabiaYesNoNoYesYeswww.sagia.gov.sa
SenegalYesNoNoNoYeswww.creationdentrprise.sn
SerbiaYesNoYesYesYeswww.apr.gov.rs
SeychellesYesNoYesYesNo 
Sierra LeoneYesNoNoYesYeswww.oarg.gov.sl
SingaporeYesNoYesYesYeswww.acra.gov.sg, www.psi.gov.sg
Slovak RepublicYesNoYesNoYeswww.portal.gov.sk
SloveniaYesNoYesNoYeswww.pisrs.si, www.evem.gov.si
Solomon IslandsYesNoYesNoYeswww.companyhaus.gov.sb
South AfricaYesNoYesYesYeswww.zipco.co.za
SpainYesNoYesNoYeswww.rmercantilmadrid.com
Sri LankaYesNoYesNoYeswww.drc.gov.lk
St. Kitts and NevisNoNoYesNoNo 
St. LuciaNoNoYesNoNo 
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesYesNoYesNoYeswww.gov.vc
SudanNoYesNoNoNo 
SurinameYesNoYesYesYeswww.surinmechamber.com
SwazilandYesNoYesNoYeswww.gov.sz
SwedenYesNoYesYesYeswww.bolagsverket.se, www.verksamt.se
SwitzerlandYesNoYesNoYeswww.admin.ch,www.hra.zh.ch
Syrian Arab RepublicYesNoYesYesNo 
Taiwan, ChinaYesNoYesYesYes
TajikistanYesNoYesNoYeswww.andoz.tj
TanzaniaYesNoNoYesYeswww.brela-tz.org
ThailandYesNoYesNoYeswww.dbd.go.th
Timor-LesteYesNoNoYesNo 
TogoYesNoNoYesNo 
TongaYesNoNoYesYeswww.companies.gov.to
Trinidad and TobagoYesNoYesNoYeswww.legalaffairs.gov.tt
TunisiaYesNoYesYesYeswww.tunisieindustrie.nat.tn
TurkeyYesNoYesYesYeswww.ito.org.tr
UgandaYesNoNoYesYeswww.ursb.go.ug
UkraineYesNoYesYesYesOfficial website of the appropriate District State Administration (e.g. www.solor.da-kyiv.gov.ua)
United Arab EmiratesYesNoYesYesYeswww.dubaided.gov.ae
United KingdomYesNoYesNoYeswww.companieshouse.gov.uk
United StatesYesNoYesYesYeswww.dos.ny.gov
UruguayYesNoYesYesYeswww.portaldlaempresa.gub.uy
UzbekistanNoNoYesNoNowww.gov.uz, www.stat.uz, www.lex.uz, www.minjust.uz
VanuatuYesNoYesNoYeswww.vfsc.vu
Venezuela, RBYesNoYesNoYeswww.saren.gob.ve
VietnamYesNoYesYesYeswww.vietnam.eregulations.org
West Bank and GazaYesNoNoYesYeswww.met.gov.ps
Yemen, Rep.YesNoNoYesNo 
ZambiaYesNoYesNoYeswww.pacra.org.zm
ZimbabweYesNoYesYesNo