Doing Business 2008

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Doing Business- Reforms Among Nations

Reform process among various countries over the world have become faster in 2006-07. Over the time period of April 2006 and June 2007, more than 200 reforms are introduced among 98 economies. Simplification of business regulations, strengthening of property rights, increasing access to credit and reducing costs on exports and imports comes under reform processes.

Countries across Eastern European region and Central Asian region have reformed their economies most followed by the South Asian region.

Top ten reforming countries over the world for 2006-07 are as follows:

  • Egypt
  • Croatia
  • Ghana
  • Macedonia, FYR
  • Georgia
  • Colombia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Kenya
  • China
  • Bulgaria

    Egypt is found to be the best reformer for the year 2006-07.

    Among various emerging economies China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam have also improved in doing business.

    As to the Chinese new property law, private property rights have equal importance like state owned property rights.

    India in the process of reforms have allowed traders for submitting custom fees through online, even before the arrival of the cargo in the port.

    In Russia a new Credit Bureau is established, while in Indonesia investor protection have been raised.

    In African region, Ghana and Kenya are marked to be the top reformers.

    Doing Business- Entry Criterian

    In doing business, the case of entry criterian was very popular among nations. Thirty Nine nations made the entry criterian simpler and faster.

    In Saudi Arbia bureaucratic hindrances are removed and now it is easier to start a business.

    Goergia’s amendments to securities law has made it safe for investing.

    Doing Business-Women Participation

    In the doing business report countries having good rankings largely reflects a higher women participation. In Mexico the participation among the women was higher.

    Country wise Ranking in Doing Business 2008:

    Ranking 2008 Country Name Ranking 2008 Country Name Ranking 2008 Country Name
    1 Singapore 61 Samoa 121 Honduras
    2 New Zealand 62 Vanuatu 122 Brazil
    3 United States 63 Jamaica 123 Indonesia
    4 Hong Kong, China 64 St. Kitts and Nevis 124 Lesotho
    5 Denmark 65 Panama 125 Algeria
    6 United Kingdom 66 Colombia 126 Egypt
    7 Canada 67 Trinidad and Tobago 127 Malawi
    8 Ireland 68 United Arab Emirates 128 Ecuador
    9 Australia 69 El Salvador 129 Morocco
    10 Iceland 70 Grenada 130 Tanzania
    11 Norway 71 Kazakhstan 131 Gambia
    12 Japan 72 Kenya 132 Cape Verde
    13 Finland 73 Kiribati 133 Philippines
    14 Sweden 74 Poland 134 Mozambique
    15 Thailand 75 Macedonia, FYR 135 Iran
    16 Switzerland 76 Pakistan 136 Albania
    17 Estonia 77 Dominica 137 Syria
    18 Georgia 78 Brunei 138 Uzbekistan
    19 Belgium 79 Solomon Islands 139 Ukraine
    20 Germany 80 Jordan 140 Bolivia
    21 Netherlands 81 Montenegro 141 Iraq
    22 Latvia 82 Palau 142 Suriname
    23 Saudi Arabia 83 China 143 Sudan
    24 Malaysia 84 Papua New Guinea 144 Gabon
    25 Austria 85 Lebanon 145 Cambodia
    26 Lithuania 86 Serbia 146 Djibouti
    27 Mauritius 87 Ghana 147 Comoros
    28 Puerto Rico 88 Tunisia 148 Haiti
    29 Israel 89 Marshall Islands 149 Madagascar
    30 Korea 90 Seychelles 150 Rwanda
    31 France 91 Vietnam 151 Benin
    32 Slovakia 92 Moldova 152 Zimbabwe
    33 Chile 93 Nicaragua 153 Tajikistan
    34 St. Lucia 94 Kyrgyz Republic 154 Cameroon
    35 South Africa 95 Swaziland 155 Côte d’Ivoire
    36 Fiji 96 Azerbaijan 156 Togo
    37 Portugal 97 Croatia 157 Mauritania
    38 Spain 98 Uruguay 158 Mali
    39 Armenia 99 Dominican Republic 159 Afghanistan
    40 Kuwait 100 Greece 160 Sierra Leone
    41 Antigua and Barbuda 101 Sri Lanka 161 Burkina Faso
    42 Luxembourg 102 Ethiopia 162 Senegal
    43 Namibia 103 Paraguay 163 São Tomé and Principe
    44 Mexico 104 Guyana 164 Lao PDR
    45 Hungary 105 Bosnia and Herzegovina 165 Equatorial Guinea
    46 Bulgaria 106 Russia 166 Guinea
    47 Tonga 107 Bangladesh 167 Angola
    48 Romania 108 Nigeria 168 Timor-Leste
    49 Oman 109 Argentina 169 Niger
    50 Taiwan, China 110 Belarus 170 Liberia
    51 Botswana 111 Nepal 171 Eritrea
    52 Mongolia 112 Micronesia 172 Venezuela
    53 Italy 113 Yemen 173 Chad
    54 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 114 Guatemala 174 Burundi
    55 Slovenia 115 Costa Rica 175 Congo, Rep.
    56 Czech Republic 116 Zambia 176 Guinea-Bissau
    57 Turkey 117 West Bank and Gaza 177 Central African Republic
    58 Peru 118 Uganda 178 Congo, Dem. Rep.
    59 Belize 119 Bhutan    
    60 Maldives 120 India    


    Source:
    Doing Business Database

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