2013 Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size EnterprisesCOMPARING BUSINESS REGULATIONS FOR DOMESTIC FIRMS IN 185 ECONOMIES A COPUBLICATION OF THE WORLD BANK AND THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION
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Contents v Preface 1 Executive summary 15 About Doing Business: measuring for impact Case studies 26 Colombia: sustaining reforms over time 32 Latvia: maintaining a reform state of mind 37 Rwanda: fostering prosperity by promoting entrepreneurship 42 APEC: sharing goals and experience 47 Does Doing Business matter for foreign direct investment? 51 How transparent is business regulation around the world? Topic notes 56 Starting a business 60 Dealing with construction permits 64 Getting electricity 68 Registering property 72 Getting creditDoing Business 2013 is the 10th in a 77 Protecting investorsseries of annual reports investigating 81 Paying taxesthe regulations that enhance business 86 Trading across bordersactivity and those that constrain it. DoingBusiness presents quantitative indicators 90 Enforcing contractson business regulations and the protection 94 Resolving insolvencyof property rights that can be comparedacross 185 economies—from Afghanistanto Zimbabwe—and over time. 98 Annex: employing workersRegulations affecting 11 areas of the life 101 Referencesof a business are covered: starting a busi- 106 Data notesness, dealing with construction permits,getting electricity, registering property, 131 Ease of doing business and distance to frontiergetting credit, protecting investors, paying 135 Summaries of Doing Business reforms in 2011/12taxes, trading across borders, enforcingcontracts, resolving insolvency and em- 145 Country tablesploying workers. The employing workers 207 Employing workers datadata are not included in this year’s rankingon the ease of doing business. 216 AcknowledgmentsData in Doing Business 2013 are current asof June 1, 2012. The indicators are used toanalyze economic outcomes and identifywhat reforms of business regulation haveworked, where and why.
vPrefaceThis is the 10th edition of the Doing Business report. First published in 2003 with 5indicator sets measuring business regulation in 133 economies, the report has growninto an annual publication covering 11 indicator sets and 185 economies. In these 10years Doing Business has recorded nearly 2,000 business regulation reforms in the ar-eas covered by the indicators. And researchers have produced well over 1,000 articlesin peer-reviewed journals using the data published by Doing Business—work that helpsexplore many of the key development questions of our time.Doing Business 2013 holds new information to inspire policy makers and research-ers. One ﬁnding is that Poland improved the most in the Doing Business measures in2011/12, while Singapore maintains its top spot in the overall ranking. Another ﬁndingis that European economies in ﬁscal distress are making efforts to improve the businessclimate, and this is beginning to be reﬂected in the indicators tracked by Doing Business,with Greece being among the 10 economies that improved the most in the DoingBusiness measures in the past year. Part of the solution to high debt is the recovery ofeconomic growth, and there is broad recognition that creating a friendlier environmentfor entrepreneurs is central to this goal. But perhaps the most exciting ﬁnding is that ofa steady march from 2003 to 2012 toward better business regulation across the widerange of economies included. With a handful of exceptions, every economy covered byDoing Business has narrowed the gap in business regulatory practice with the top globalperformance in the areas measured by the indicators. This is a welcome race to the top.Collecting the more than 57,000 unique Doing Business data points each year andplacing them in a broader context of economic policy and development is a majorundertaking. We thank the team and the Doing Business contributors for their efforts.Data collection and analysis for Doing Business 2013 were conducted through the GlobalIndicators and Analysis Department under the general direction of Augusto Lopez-Claros. The project was managed by Sylvia Solf and Rita Ramalho, with the supportof Carolin Geginat and Adrian Gonzalez. Other team members included Beatriz MejiaAsserias, Andres Baquero Franco, Karim O. Belayachi, Iryna Bilotserkivska, MarianaCarvalho, Hayane Chang Dahmen, Rong Chen, Maya Choueiri, Dariga Chukmaitova,Santiago Croci Downes, Fernando Dancausa Diaz, Marie Lily Delion, Raian Divanbeigi,Alejandro Espinosa-Wang, Margherita Fabbri, Caroline Frontigny, Betina Hennig,Sarah Holmberg, Hussam Hussein, Joyce Ibrahim, Ludmila Jantuan, Nan Jiang, HervéKaddoura, Paweł Kopko, Jean Michel Lobet, Jean-Philippe Lodugnon-Harding, FrédéricMeunier, Robert Murillo, Joanna Nasr, Marie-Jeanne Ndiaye, Nuria de Oca, Mikiko ImaiOllison, Nina Paustian, Galina Rudenko, Valentina Saltane, Lucas Seabra, Paula GarciaSerna, Anastasia Shegay, Jayashree Srinivasan, Susanne Szymanski, Moussa Traoré,Tea Trumbic, Marina Turlakova, Julien Vilquin, Yasmin Zand and Yucheng Zheng.More than 9,600 lawyers and other professionals generously donated their time toprovide the legal assessments that underpin the data. We thank in particular the globalcontributors: Advocates for International Development; Allen & Overy LLP; American
vi DOING BUSINESS 2013 Bar Association, Section of International Law; Baker & McKenzie; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Ernst & Young; Ius Laboris, Alliance of Labor, Employment, Beneﬁts and Pensions Law Firms; KPMG; the Law Society of England and Wales; Lex Mundi, Association of Independent Law Firms; Panalpina; PwC; Raposo Bernardo & Associados; Russell Bedford International; SDV International Logistics; and Security Cargo Network. The efforts of all these contributors help maintain the distinctive voice of Doing Business and its annual contribution to business regulation reform. Ten years marks a good time to take stock of where the world has moved in business regulatory practices and what challenges remain. We welcome you to give feedback on the Doing Business website (http://www.doingbusiness.org) and join the conversation as we shape the project in the years to come. Sincerely, Janamitra Devan Vice President and Head of Network Financial & Private Sector Development World Bank Group
1Executive summaryThis 10th edition of the Doing Business And it highlights both the areas of busi- MAIN FINDINGS IN 2011/12report marks a good time to take stock— ness regulation that have received the Worldwide, 108 economiesto look at how far the world has come in most attention and those where more implemented 201 regulatory reformsbusiness regulatory practices and what progress remains to be made. in 2011/12 making it easier to dochallenges remain. In the ﬁrst report one business as measured by Doingof the main ﬁndings was that low-income The report also reviews research on Business.economies had very cumbersome regula- which regulatory reforms have workedtory systems. Ten years later it is appar- and how. After 10 years of data tracking Poland improved the most in theent that business regulatory practices in reforms and regulatory practices around ease of doing business, throughthese economies have been gradually but the world, more evidence is available to 4 reforms—making it easier tonoticeably converging toward the more address these questions. The report sum- register property, pay taxes, enforceefficient practices common in higher- marizes just some of the main ﬁndings. contracts and resolve insolvency as Among the highlights: Smarter business measured by Doing Business.income economies (box 1.1). How muchhas the gap narrowed? Did some regions regulation supports economic growth. Eastern Europe and Central Asiaclose the regulatory gap more rapidly Simpler business registration promotes once again had the largest share ofthan others? This year’s report tells that greater entrepreneurship and ﬁrm pro- economies implementing regulatorystory. It points to important trends in ductivity, while lower-cost registration reforms—88% of its economiesregulatory reform and identiﬁes the re- improves formal employment opportuni- reformed in at least one of the areasgions and economies making the biggest ties. An effective regulatory environment measured by Doing Business.improvements for local entrepreneurs. boosts trade performance. And sound European economies in ﬁscal distress are working to improve BOX 1.1 MAIN FINDINGS SINCE 2003 AND THE FIRST DOING BUSINESS REPORT the business climate, and this is • Over these 10 years 180 economies implemented close to 2,000 business regula- beginning to be reﬂected in the tory reforms as measured by Doing Business. indicators tracked by Doing Business. • Eastern Europe and Central Asia improved the most, overtaking East Asia and the Greece is one of the 10 most Paciﬁc as the world’s second most business-friendly region according to Doing improved globally in 2011/12. Business indicators. OECD high-income economies continue to have the most business-friendly environment. Reform efforts globally have focused • Business regulatory practices have been slowly converging as economies with on making it easier to start a new initially poor performance narrow the gap with better performers. Among the 50 business, increasing the efﬁciency economies with the biggest improvements since 2005, the largest share—a third— of tax administration and facilitating are in Sub-Saharan Africa. trade across international borders. Of • Among the categories of business regulatory practices measured by Doing Business, the 201 regulatory reforms recorded there has been more convergence in those that relate to the complexity and cost in the past year, 44% focused on of regulatory processes (business start-up, property registration, construction per- mitting, electricity connections, tax payment and trade procedures) than in those these 3 policy areas alone. that relate to the strength of legal institutions (contract enforcement, insolvency regimes, credit information, legal rights of borrowers and lenders and the protection of minority shareholders). • Two-thirds of the nearly 2,000 reforms recorded by Doing Business were focused on reducing the complexity and cost of regulatory processes. • A growing body of research has traced out the effects of simpler business regulation on a range of economic outcomes, such as faster job growth and an accelerated pace of new business creation.
2 DOING BUSINESS 2013 ﬁnancial market infrastructure—courts, resolving insolvency. Doing Business also relatively efficient regulatory processes creditor and insolvency laws, and credit documents regulations on employing but still lag in the strength of legal insti- and collateral registries—improves ac- workers, which are not included in this tutions relevant to business regulation. cess to credit (see the chapter “About year’s aggregate ranking or in the count Good practices around the world provide Doing Business”). of reforms. insights into how governments have improved the regulatory environment in The economies that rank highest on the the past in the areas measured by Doing WHAT ARE SMART RULES FOR ease of doing business are not those Business (see table 1.4 at the end of the BUSINESSES? where there is no regulation—but those executive summary). Just as good rules are needed to allow where governments have managed to traffic to ﬂow in a city, they are also es- create rules that facilitate interactions sential to allow business transactions WHO NARROWED THE in the marketplace without needlessly to ﬂow. Good business regulations REGULATORY GAP IN 2011/12? hindering the development of the private enable the private sector to thrive and sector. In essence, Doing Business is As reﬂected in the ranking on the ease of businesses to expand their transactions about SMART business regulations— doing business, the 10 economies with network. But regulations put in place to Streamlined, Meaningful, Adaptable, the most business-friendly regulation are safeguard economic activity and facilitate Relevant, Transparent—not necessarily Singapore; Hong Kong SAR, China; New business operations, if poorly designed, fewer regulations (see ﬁgure 2.1 in the Zealand; the United States; Denmark; can become obstacles to doing business. chapter “About Doing Business”). Norway; the United Kingdom; the They can be like traffic lights put up to Republic of Korea; Georgia; and Australia prevent gridlock—ineffective if a red light Doing Business encompasses 2 types of in- (table 1.1). Singapore tops the global rank- lasts for an hour. Most people would run dicators: indicators relating to the strength ing for the seventh consecutive year. the red light, just as most businesses of legal institutions relevant to business facing burdensome regulations will try to regulation and indicators relating to the A number 1 ranking on the ease of doing circumvent them to stay aﬂoat. complexity and cost of regulatory processes. business does not mean that an economy Those in the ﬁrst group focus on the legal ranks number 1 across all 10 regulatory Striking the right balance in business and regulatory framework for getting areas included in this aggregate measure. regulation can be a challenge. It becomes credit, protecting investors, enforcing Indeed, Singapore’s rankings range an even greater challenge in a changing contracts and resolving insolvency. Those from 1 in trading across borders to 36 in world, where regulations must continu- in the second focus on the cost and ef- registering property. Its top 3 rankings ally adapt to new realities. Just as traffic ﬁciency of regulatory processes for start- (on trading across borders, dealing with systems have to adjust when a new road ing a business, dealing with construction construction permits and protecting is being constructed, regulations need to permits, getting electricity, registering investors) average 2, while its lowest 3 adapt to new demands from the market property, paying taxes and trading across (on registering property, getting credit and to changes in technology (such borders. Based on time-and-motion case and enforcing contracts) average 20. as the growing use of information and studies from the perspective of the busi- Similarly, Guatemala’s top 3 (on getting communication technology in business ness, these indicators measure the proce- credit, registering property and getting processes). dures, time and cost required to complete electricity) average 22, and its bottom a transaction in accordance with relevant 3 (on paying taxes, protecting investors This challenge is one focus of this report. and starting a business) average 151. So regulations. (For a detailed explanation of Through indicators benchmarking 185 while the ease of doing business ranking the Doing Business methodology, see the economies, Doing Business measures is a useful aggregate measure, analysis data notes and the chapter “About Doing and tracks changes in the regulations Business.”) based on this measure should also take applying to domestic small and medium- into account the dispersion of regulatory size companies in 11 areas in their life Economies that rank high on the ease of efficiency across the areas measured by cycle. This year’s aggregate ranking on doing business tend to combine efficient Doing Business (ﬁgure 1.2). the ease of doing business is based on regulatory processes with strong legal in- indicator sets that measure and bench- stitutions that protect property and inves- In the past year 58% of economies cov- mark regulations affecting 10 of those tor rights (ﬁgure 1.1). OECD high-income ered by Doing Business implemented at areas: starting a business, dealing with economies have, by a large margin, the least 1 institutional or regulatory reform construction permits, getting electric- most business-friendly regulatory envi- making it easier to do business in the ar- ity, registering property, getting credit, ronment on both dimensions. Regions eas measured, and 23 undertook reforms protecting investors, paying taxes, trading such as East Asia and the Paciﬁc and in 3 or more areas. Of these 23 econo- across borders, enforcing contracts and the Middle East and North Africa have mies, 10 stand out as having jumped
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3TABLE 1.1 Rankings on the ease of doing business DB2013 DB2013 DB2013 Rank Economy reforms Rank Economy reforms Rank Economy reforms 1 Singapore 0 63 Antigua and Barbuda 0 125 Honduras 0 2 Hong Kong SAR, China 0 64 Ghana 0 126 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 3 New Zealand 1 65 Czech Republic 3 127 Ethiopia 1 4 United States 0 66 Bulgaria 1 128 Indonesia 1 5 Denmark 1 67 Azerbaijan 0 129 Bangladesh 1 6 Norway 2 68 Dominica 1 130 Brazil 1 7 United Kingdom 1 69 Trinidad and Tobago 2 131 Nigeria 0 8 Korea, Rep. 4 70 Kyrgyz Republic 0 132 India 1 9 Georgia 6 71 Turkey 2 133 Cambodia 1 10 Australia 1 72 Romania 2 134 Tanzania 1 11 Finland 0 73 Italy 2 135 West Bank and Gaza 1 12 Malaysia 2 74 Seychelles 0 136 Lesotho 2 13 Sweden 0 75 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 0 137 Ukraine 3 14 Iceland 0 76 Mongolia 3 138 Philippines 0 15 Ireland 2 77 Bahamas, The 0 139 Ecuador 0 16 Taiwan, China 2 78 Greece 3 140 Sierra Leone 2 17 Canada 1 79 Brunei Darussalam 2 141 Tajikistan 1 18 Thailand 2 80 Vanuatu 0 142 Madagascar 1 19 Mauritius 2 81 Sri Lanka 4 143 Sudan 0 20 Germany 2 82 Kuwait 0 144 Syrian Arab Republic 1 21 Estonia 0 83 Moldova 2 145 Iran, Islamic Rep. 1 22 Saudi Arabia 2 84 Croatia 1 146 Mozambique 0 23 Macedonia, FYR 1 85 Albania 2 147 Gambia, The 0 24 Japan 1 86 Serbia 3 148 Bhutan 0 25 Latvia 0 87 Namibia 1 149 Liberia 3 26 United Arab Emirates 3 88 Barbados 0 150 Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 0 27 Lithuania 2 89 Uruguay 2 151 Mali 1 28 Switzerland 0 90 Jamaica 2 152 Algeria 1 29 Austria 0 91 China 2 153 Burkina Faso 0 30 Portugal 3 92 Solomon Islands 0 154 Uzbekistan 4 31 Netherlands 4 93 Guatemala 1 155 Bolivia 0 32 Armenia 2 94 Zambia 1 156 Togo 1 33 Belgium 0 95 Maldives 0 157 Malawi 1 34 France 0 96 St. Kitts and Nevis 0 158 Comoros 2 35 Slovenia 3 97 Morocco 1 159 Burundi 4 36 Cyprus 1 98 Kosovo 2 160 São Tomé and Príncipe 0 37 Chile 0 99 Vietnam 1 161 Cameroon 1 38 Israel 1 100 Grenada 1 162 Equatorial Guinea 0 39 South Africa 1 101 Marshall Islands 0 163 Lao PDR 3 40 Qatar 1 102 Malta 0 164 Suriname 0 41 Puerto Rico (U.S.) 1 103 Paraguay 0 165 Iraq 0 42 Bahrain 0 104 Papua New Guinea 0 166 Senegal 0 43 Peru 2 105 Belize 1 167 Mauritania 0 44 Spain 2 106 Jordan 0 168 Afghanistan 0 45 Colombia 1 107 Pakistan 0 169 Timor-Leste 0 46 Slovak Republic 4 108 Nepal 0 170 Gabon 0 47 Oman 1 109 Egypt, Arab Rep. 0 171 Djibouti 0 48 Mexico 2 110 Costa Rica 4 172 Angola 1 49 Kazakhstan 3 111 Palau 0 173 Zimbabwe 0 50 Tunisia 0 112 Russian Federation 2 174 Haiti 0 51 Montenegro 2 113 El Salvador 1 175 Benin 4 52 Rwanda 2 114 Guyana 0 176 Niger 1 53 St. Lucia 0 115 Lebanon 0 177 Côte d’Ivoire 0 54 Hungary 3 116 Dominican Republic 0 178 Guinea 3 55 Poland 4 117 Kiribati 0 179 Guinea-Bissau 0 56 Luxembourg 0 118 Yemen, Rep. 0 180 Venezuela, RB 0 57 Samoa 0 119 Nicaragua 0 181 Congo, Dem. Rep. 1 58 Belarus 2 120 Uganda 1 182 Eritrea 0 59 Botswana 1 121 Kenya 1 183 Congo, Rep. 2 60 Fiji 1 122 Cape Verde 0 184 Chad 1 61 Panama 3 123 Swaziland 1 185 Central African Republic 0 62 Tonga 0 124 Argentina 0Note: The rankings for all economies are benchmarked to June 2012 and reported in the country tables. This year’s rankings on the ease of doing business are the average of the economy’spercentile rankings on the 10 topics included in this year’s aggregate ranking. The number of reforms excludes those making it more difﬁcult to do business.Source: Doing Business database.
4 DOING BUSINESS 2013 FIGURE 1.1 OECD high-income economies combine efﬁcient regulatory processes with strong ahead the most in the relative ranking legal institutions (table 1.2). Others in this group advanced Average ranking on sets of Doing Business indicators less in the global ranking because they Stronger Stronger legal institutions but Stronger legal institutions and already ranked high. Two are Korea and more complex and expensive simpler and less expensive the Netherlands. Already among the regulatory processes regulatory processes Eastern Europe 29 top 35 in last year’s global ranking, both & Central Asia implemented regulatory reforms making Average ranking on ease OECD of doing business high income it easier to do business in 4 areas mea- 73 sured by Doing Business. Strength of legal institutions Size of bubble reflects number of economies Latin America Four of the 10 economies improving the East Asia & Caribbean & Pacific most in the ease of doing business are 97 86 South Asia in Eastern Europe and Central Asia—the 121 region that also had the largest number 98 Sub-Saharan Middle East of regulatory reforms per economy in the Africa & North Africa past year. Four of the 10 are lower-middle- 140 income economies; of the rest, 1 is low income, 3 are upper middle income and 2 are high income. And for the ﬁrst time Weaker legal institutions and Weaker legal institutions but more complex and expensive simpler and less expensive in 7 years, a South Asian economy—Sri Weaker regulatory processes regulatory processes Lanka—ranks among those improving the Complex and Complexity and cost Simple and most in the ease of doing business. expensive of regulatory processes inexpensive Note: Strength of legal institutions refers to the average ranking on getting credit, protecting investors, enforcing contracts and Eight of the 10 economies made it resolving insolvency. Complexity and cost of regulatory processes refers to the average ranking on starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, paying taxes and trading across borders. easier to start a business. Kazakhstan, Source: Doing Business database. Mongolia and Ukraine reduced or elimi- nated the minimum capital requirement TABLE 1.2 The 10 economies improving the most across 3 or more areas measured by Doing Business in 2011/12 Reforms making it easier to do business Ease of Dealing doing with Trading business Starting a construction Getting Registering Getting Protecting Paying across Enforcing Resolving Economy rank business permits electricity property credit investors taxes borders contracts insolvency 1 Poland 55 2 Sri Lanka 81 2 Ukraine 137 4 Uzbekistan 154 5 Burundi 159 6 Costa Rica 110 6 Mongolia 76 8 Greece 78 9 Serbia 86 10 Kazakhstan 49 Note: Economies are ranked on the number of their reforms and on how much they improved in the ease of doing business ranking. First, Doing Business selects the economies that implemented reforms making it easier to do business in 3 or more of the 10 topics included in this year’s aggregate ranking. Regulatory reforms making it more difﬁcult to do business are subtracted from the number of those making it easier to do business. Second, Doing Business ranks these economies on the increase in their ranking on the ease of doing business from the previous year. The increase in economy rankings is not calculated using the published ranking of last year but by using a comparable ranking for DB2012 that captures the effects of other factors, such as the inclusion this year of 2 new economies in the sample, Barbados and Malta. The choice of the most improved economies is determined by the largest improvement in rankings, among those economies with at least 3 reforms. Source: Doing Business database.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 5FIGURE 1.2 An economy’s regulatory environment may be more business-friendly in some areas than in others Average ranking180 Average of lowest 3 topic rankings160 Average of140 all topic rankings Average of120 highest 3 topic rankings100 80 60 40 20 0 KOREA, REP. EGYPT, ARAB REP. SINGAPORE NEW ZEALAND UNITED STATES GEORGIA AUSTRALIA ICELAND TAIWAN, CHINA MAURITIUS ESTONIA GERMANY SAUDI ARABIA SWITZERLAND LATVIA JAPAN NETHERLANDS SLOVENIA BELGIUM BAHRAIN ARMENIA OMAN PERU RWANDA ISRAEL SLOVAK REPUBLIC MEXICO LUXEMBOURG HUNGARY BELARUS MONTENEGRO FIJI ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES TURKEY GHANA SEYCHELLES MONGOLIA CZECH REPUBLIC KYRGYZ REPUBLIC VANUATU ITALY KUWAIT BARBADOS MARSHALL ISLANDS NAMIBIA SOLOMON ISLANDS MOLDOVA ST. KITTS AND NEVIS GUATEMALA URUGUAY VIETNAM JORDAN BELIZE MALTA NEPAL LEBANON PALAU GUYANA KIRIBATI ETHIOPIA NICARAGUA INDONESIA UGANDA ARGENTINA BANGLADESH PHILIPPINES NIGERIA BHUTAN ECUADOR UKRAINE TAJIKISTAN GAMBIA, THE SUDAN SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC SIERRA LEONE BURKINA FASO IRAQ TIMOR-LESTE COMOROS MALAWI BURUNDI ALGERIA MAURITANIA TOGO SENEGAL DJIBOUTI ANGOLA NIGER CÔTE D’IVOIRE ERITREA CHAD CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLICNote: Rankings reﬂected are those on the 10 Doing Business topics included in this year’s aggregate ranking on the ease of doing business. Figure is for illustrative purposes only; it does notinclude all 185 economies covered by this year’s report. See the country tables for rankings on the ease of doing business and each Doing Business topic for all economies.Source: Doing Business database.for company incorporation. Sri Lanka by updating the documentation require- Business—improving its regulatory en-computerized and expedited the process ments for bankruptcy ﬁlings. vironment at a greater pace in the pastfor registering employees. Burundi elimi- year than in any of the previous 6. It made Four economies made it easier to registernated 3 requirements: to have company construction permitting faster by trans- property. Poland increased efficiency indocuments notarized, to publish informa- ferring the planning approval process processing property registration applica-tion on new companies in a journal and to from the municipality to certiﬁed private tions through a series of initiatives inregister new companies with the Ministry recent years. These included creating 2 professionals, strengthened investor pro-of Trade and Industry. new registration districts in Warsaw and, tections by requiring greater disclosure in the past year, introducing a new case- and introduced a new prebankruptcy re-Five of the 10 made it easier to resolve in- habilitation procedure aimed at enhanc- load management system for the landsolvency, and 2 of these also strengthened ing the rescue of distressed companies. and mortgage registries and continuingtheir systems for enforcing contracts. to digitize their records.Serbia strengthened its insolvency pro- Costa Rica, the only economy in Latincess by introducing private bailiffs, pro- Five economies improved in the area of America and the Caribbean in the grouphibiting appeals of the court’s decision on getting credit. Costa Rica, Mongolia and of 10, implemented regulatory changesthe proposal for enforcement, expediting Uzbekistan guaranteed borrowers’ right in 4 areas measured by Doing Business.service of process and adopting a public to inspect their personal credit data. Sri It introduced a risk-based approach forelectronic registry for injunctions. The Lanka established a searchable electronic granting sanitary approvals for businessnew private bailiff system also increased collateral registry and issued regulations start-ups and established online approval for its operation. Kazakhstan strength-efficiency in enforcing contracts. Poland systems for the construction permitting ened the rights of secured creditors inintroduced a new civil procedure code process. Costa Rica also guaranteed insolvency proceedings.that, along with an increase in the num- borrowers’ right to inspect their personalber of judges, reduced the time required Greece, driven in part by its economic data and made paying taxes easier forto enforce a commercial contract. Poland crisis, implemented regulatory re- local companies by implementing elec-also made it easier to resolve insolvency, forms in 3 areas measured by Doing tronic payments for municipal taxes.
6 DOING BUSINESS 2013 While these 10 economies improved economies registering improvements, over time by showing the distance of each the most in the ease of doing business, with 88% of economies implementing at economy to the “frontier,” which repre- they were far from alone in introducing least 1 institutional or regulatory reform sents the best performance observed improvements in the areas measured making it easier to do business and 67% on each of the Doing Business indicators by Doing Business in 2011/12. A total implementing at least 2 (ﬁgure 1.3). across all economies and years included of 108 economies did so, through 201 This region has been consistently active since 2005. The measure is normalized institutional and regulatory reforms. through all the years covered by Doing to range between 0 and 100, with 100 And in the years since the ﬁrst report Business, implementing 397 institutional representing the frontier. A higher score was published in 2003, 180 of the 185 and regulatory reforms since 2005. At therefore indicates a more efficient busi- economies covered by Doing Business least some of this regulatory reform push ness regulatory system (for a detailed made improvements in at least one of reﬂects efforts by economies joining the description of the methodology, see the these areas—through nearly 2,000 such European Union in 2004 to continue to chapter on the ease of doing business and reforms in total. narrow the gap in regulatory efficiency distance to frontier). with established EU members—as well In 2011/12 starting a business was again Analysis based on the distance to frontier as similar efforts among economies now the area with the most regulatory reforms. measure shows that the burden of regula- engaged in EU accession negotiations. In the past 8 years the start-up process tion has declined since 2005 in the areas received more attention from policy mak- measured by Doing Business. On average WHO HAS NARROWED THE the 174 economies covered by Doing ers than any other area of business regu- GAP OVER THE LONG RUN? Business since that year are today closer lation tracked by Doing Business—through 368 reforms in 149 economies. These To complement the ease of doing busi- to the frontier in regulatory practice (ﬁg- worldwide efforts reduced the average ness ranking, a relative measure, last ure 1.4). In 2005 these economies were time to start a business from 50 days year’s Doing Business report introduced 46 percentage points from the frontier to 30 and the average cost from 89% of the distance to frontier, an absolute mea- on average, with the closest economy 10 income per capita to 31%. sure of business regulatory efficiency. percentage points away and the furthest This measure aids in assessing how much one 74 percentage points away. Now In the past year Eastern Europe and Central the regulatory environment for local en- these 174 economies are 40 percentage Asia once again had the largest share of trepreneurs improves in absolute terms points from the frontier on average, with FIGURE 1.4 Almost all economies are closer to the frontier in regulatory practice today than they were in 2005 Distance to frontier (percentage points) 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 0 KOREA, REP. SINGAPORE NEW ZEALAND UNITED STATES HONG KONG SAR, CHINA IRELAND CANADA UNITED KINGDOM NORWAY DENMARK FINLAND AUSTRALIA SWEDEN GERMANY ICELAND JAPAN AUSTRIA NETHERLANDS ESTONIA SWITZERLAND BELGIUM LITHUANIA MALAYSIA SPAIN ISRAEL SOUTH AFRICA LATVIA PUERTO RICO (U.S.) TAIWAN, CHINA THAILAND FIJI PORTUGAL CHILE SLOVAK REPUBLIC ITALY UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ST. LUCIA FRANCE MAURITIUS HUNGARY MEXICO NAMIBIA TONGA PANAMA ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA OMAN BOTSWANA DOMINICA SAUDI ARABIA SEYCHELLES BULGARIA PERU JAMAICA BELIZE SLOVENIA ROMANIA TUNISIA KUWAIT MONGOLIA SAMOA ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES TURKEY VANUATU ARMENIA MALDIVES CZECH REPUBLIC GRENADA PAKISTAN MACEDONIA, FYR POLAND TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO GUYANA ST. KITTS AND NEVIS KIRIBATI VIETNAM MOLDOVA KENYA GREECE LEBANON COLOMBIA SRI LANKA NEPAL GHANA EL SALVADOR PALAU SWAZILAND PAPUA NEW GUINEA Note: The distance to frontier measure shows how far on average an economy is from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the best performance (the frontier). The data refer to the 174 economies included in Doing Business 2006 (2005). Eleven economies were added in subsequent years. Source: Doing Business database.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 7FIGURE 1.3 Eastern Europe and Central Asia had the largest share of economies reforming reforms on average—and those in East business regulation in 2011/12 Asia and the Paciﬁc, Latin America and Share of economies with at least 2 Doing Business reforms making it easier the Caribbean and South Asia about 8. to do business (%) With its faster pace of improvement, 100 100 98 Eastern Europe and Central Asia overtook 89 88 88 88 East Asia and the Paciﬁc as the second most business-friendly region according 67 to Doing Business indicators. But the variation within regions is large. 45 In Latin America and the Caribbean, for 29 example, Colombia implemented 25 21 22 institutional and regulatory reforms in the 11 13 past 8 years, while Suriname had none. In Middle East South Latin America Sub-Saharan East Asia OECD Eastern Europe East Asia and the Paciﬁc, Vietnam imple- North Africa Asia Caribbean Africa Pacific high income Central Asia mented 18 reforms, and Kiribati none. 2004–12 2011/12 In a few economies (such as RepúblicaSource: Doing Business database. Bolivariana de Venezuela and Zimbabwe) the business environment deterioratedthe closest economy 8 percentage points Europe and Central Asia has done so the as measures added to the complexityaway and the furthest economy 69 per- most, thanks to about 17 institutional and cost of regulatory processes orcentage points away. and regulatory reforms per economy undermined property rights and investor since 2005 (ﬁgure 1.5). Economies in protections. Within the European Union,OECD high-income economies are clos- the Middle East and North Africa and 4 Southern European economies haveest to the frontier on average. But other Sub-Saharan Africa have implemented recently accelerated regulatory reformregions are narrowing the gap. Eastern more than 9 institutional and regulatory efforts (box 1.2). 2012 2005 IRAN, ISLAMIC REP. YEMEN, REP. MICRONESIA, FED. STS. EGYPT, ARAB REP. CONGO, REP. CONGO, DEM. REP. ZAMBIA SERBIA MOROCCO ARGENTINA SOLOMON ISLANDS PARAGUAY DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MARSHALL ISLANDS RUSSIAN FEDERATION ECUADOR NICARAGUA KAZAKHSTAN HONDURAS JORDAN URUGUAY ALBANIA CAPE VERDE BANGLADESH CROATIA GUATEMALA PHILIPPINES BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA COSTA RICA AZERBAIJAN TANZANIA GEORGIA WEST BANK AND GAZA ETHIOPIA UGANDA GABON LESOTHO INDONESIA ALGERIA GAMBIA, THE SUDAN BRAZIL BOLIVIA KYRGYZ REPUBLIC CHINA BHUTAN MALAWI NIGERIA IRAQ SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC BELARUS MOZAMBIQUE MADAGASCAR ZIMBABWE UKRAINE INDIA VENEZUELA, RB COMOROS CAMBODIA SURINAME UZBEKISTAN CAMEROON SIERRA LEONE DJIBOUTI RWANDA EQUATORIAL GUINEA BENIN LAO PDR SENEGAL SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE HAITI TOGO CÔTE D’IVOIRE GUINEA MAURITANIA MALI ANGOLA BURUNDI GUINEA-BISSAU NIGER TAJIKISTAN AFGHANISTAN BURKINA FASO CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TIMOR-LESTE ERITREA CHAD
8 DOING BUSINESS 2013 FIGURE 1.5 Doing business is easier today than in 2005, particularly in Eastern Europe and Central Improvements happened across all regu- Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa latory areas measured by Doing Business Average distance to frontier (percentage points) between 2005 and 2012. But govern- ments were more likely to focus their 100 reform efforts on reducing the complex- OECD high income ity and cost of regulatory processes—the 75 focus of 1,227 reforms recorded by Doing 70 Business since 2005—than on strength- Gap between OECD high-income economies and rest of the world Eastern Europe 65 Central Asia ening legal institutions—the focus of East Asia Pacific close to 600 (ﬁgure 1.6). 60 Latin America Caribbean Middle East North Africa 55 Improving business regulation is a chal- South Asia lenging task, and doing it consistently 50 Sub-Saharan Africa over time even more so. Yet some econo- 45 mies have achieved considerable success since 2005 in doing just that (table 1.3). A 40 few of these economies stand out within 0 their region: Georgia, Rwanda, Colombia, 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 China and Poland. Note: The distance to frontier measure shows how far on average an economy is from the best performance achieved by any Georgia is the top improver since 2005 economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the best performance (the frontier). The data refer to the 174 economies included in Doing Business 2006 (2005) both in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and to the regional classiﬁcations that apply in 2012. Eleven economies were added in subsequent years. and globally. With 35 institutional and Source: Doing Business database. regulatory reforms since 2005, Georgia has improved in all areas measured by Doing Business. In the past year alone it improved in 6 areas. As just one example, FIGURE 1.6 Globally, reform efforts have focused more on reducing the complexity and cost Georgia made trading across borders of regulatory processes than on strengthening legal institutions easier by introducing customs clearance Average distance to frontier (percentage points) zones in such cities as Tbilisi and Poti. These one-stop shops for trade clearance 100 processes are open all day every day, 80 allowing traders to submit customs docu- 70 Strength of legal institutions ments and complete other formalities in a single place. Georgia also strengthened 60 its secured transactions system. A new 50 amendment to its civil code allows a se- 40 curity interest to extend to the products, Complexity and cost of regulatory processes 30 proceeds and replacements of an asset used as collateral. 0 Georgia has also distinguished itself by Dealing Starting a Registering Paying Trading Enforcing Protecting Getting Resolving with business property taxes across contracts investors credit insolvency following a relatively balanced regulatory construction borders reform path. Many economies aiming to permits 2012 improve their regulatory environment 2005 start by reducing the complexity and cost of regulatory processes (in such areas as Note: Figure illustrates the extent to which average regulatory practice across economies has moved closer to the most efﬁcient practice in each area measured by Doing Business. The distance to frontier measure shows how far on average an starting a business). Later they may move economy is from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005. The measure is on to reforms strengthening legal institu- normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the best performance (the frontier). The data refer to the 174 economies included in Doing Business 2006 (2005). Eleven economies were added in subsequent years. tions relevant to business regulation Source: Doing Business database. (in such areas as getting credit). These tend to be a bigger challenge, sometimes requiring amendments to key pieces of legislation rather than simply changes in