Doing Business in a More Transparent World

Doing Business 2012 shows that governments in 125 economies out of 183 measured implemented a total of 245 business regulatory reforms—13 percent more reforms than in the previous year. The report rankings on ease of doing business have expanded to include indicators on getting electricity. Read more »
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Making a difference for entrepreneurs

Kazakhstan improved business regulation the most in the past year, according to Doing Business 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs. In the past five years, about 85 percent of the world's economies have made it easier for local entrepreneurs to operate, through 1,511 improvements to business regulation. Read more »

A record in business regulation reform

Doing Business 2010 reported a record number of reforms between June 2008 and May 2009, despite the challenges presented by the financial crisis. This year’s reformers focused on making it easier to start and operate a business, pay taxes, and reform bankruptcy procedures to help keep companies operating and preserve jobs during tough economic times. Two regions were particularly active: Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. Within both regions, competition among neighbors helped inspire widespread reform. Read more »

Regulatory reforms gain momentum worldwide

Since 2004 Doing Business has tracked regulatory reforms aimed at improving the ease of doing business in the world’s economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Doing Business 2009, the sixth report in the series, found that regulatory reforms are gaining momentum worldwide, reaching record numbers between June 2007 and June 2008. For the fifth year in a row, the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region led the world in Doing Business reforms, with more than 90 percent of its countries making reforms. And the trend is moving eastward as newcomers join the list of economies making the most reforms.

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Large emerging markets reforming fast

Since 2004 Doing Business has tracked regulatory reforms aimed at improving the ease of doing business in the world’s economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Doing Business 2008, the fifth report in the series, found that large emerging markets—such as China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam—were reforming fast. The report also found that more businesses were starting up, thanks to reforms of business regulation in the period tracked—April 2006 to June 2007. Read more »