DOING BUSINESS

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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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: ...

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Doing Business in South Africa 2018

Doing Business in South Africa 2018—the second subnational Doing Business study for South Africa—assesses the regulatory environment for small and medium-size enterprises in the country. It measures the same nine urban ...

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DOING BUSINESS 2018

New Zealand is first on ease of doing business for the second consecutive year.3,188 reforms implemented in 15 years since the inception of Doing Business.During the past year, 264 reforms have been carried out in 119 ...


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RECENT PUBLICATION

Doing Business 2018

Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 15th 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 reports has benchmarked 485 locations in 71 economies since 2005


HIGHLIGHTS

Milestone dates for Doing Business 2019:

  • End of January – February: questionnaires distributed for Doing Business 2019 data collection.
  • March: open call to WBG colleagues and Executive Directors to send updates on ongoing reforms expected to affect the Doing Business indicators.
  • Late June: the Doing Business team circulates its “reform update memos”, a compilation of the reforms the team has captured thus far in the data collection cycle in the areas measured by Doing Business. The memos go to WBG regional colleagues.
  • July – mid August: Written exchanges with government officials about the data, ahead of the publication of the report.
  • Late August: Bank-wide review of the draft Doing Business 2019 report. The updated reform memos will be sent to Executive Directors.
  • Late October: release of embargoed report to senior management and Executive Directors.
  • October 31: Doing Business 2019 report official launch date.

WHAT'S NEW

  • 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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Tracking the Ease of Doing Business Around the World

It takes global entrepreneurs significantly less time to start businesses, obtain construction permits and transfer property, making many developing countries more competitive. The World Bank’s latest Doing Business report says worldwide unemployment could be eased if countries continue to cut red tape and promote business-friendly policies.

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