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Title: Doing Business Presentation to ABA Section of International Law

Doing BusinessPresentation to ABA Section of
International Law
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Karim Belayachi,
Report Co-Author and Private Sector Development
Doing Business Origins
  • First Doing Business report launched in September
  • Motivation to establish intellectual leadership
    in the area of assessing the environment for
    doing business creating methodology, templates
    and database for interested staff, policy makers
    and researchers
  • Purpose to provide an objective basis for
    measuring, understanding and improving the
    regulatory environment for business.
  • Objective effective regulations, accessible to
    all, and efficient in their implementation.
  • Initial data for 5 indicator sets in 133
    economies ? DB12 features 10 indicator sets in
    the ranking plus data on Employing Workers for
    183 economies.

  • ABA and Doing Business share common goals
  • Global outlook
  • Education and knowledge-sharing
  • Development of policy in the international arena
  • Promotion of rule of law
  • ABA Membership indicates values that align with
  • Professional development
  • International networks
  • Legal thought-leadership and excellence
  • Staying informed of the most up-to-date
    regulations and legal procedures for your firm
    and clients
  • We are proud to welcome you into the Doing
    Business contributor network and look forward to
    learning from your expertise

What does Doing Business measure?
  • Doing Business indicators
  • Focus on regulations relevant to the life cycle
    of a small to medium-sized domestic business.
  • Are built on standardized case scenarios.
  • Are measured for the most populous city in each
  • Are focused on the formal sector.

DO NOT measure all aspects of the business
environment such as macroeconomic stability,
corruption, level of labor skills, proximity to
markets, or of regulation specific to foreign
investment or financial markets.
Doing Business indicators 11 areas of business
regulation (10 included in the DB2012 ranking)
Start-up Expansion Operations Insolvency
Starting a business Minimum capital requirement, procedures, time and cost Registering property Procedures, time and cost Getting credit Credit information systems Movable collateral laws Protecting investors Disclosure and liability in related party transactions Enforcing contracts Procedures, time and cost to resolve a commercial dispute Dealing with construction permits Procedures, time and cost Paying taxes Payments, time and Total Tax Rate Trading across borders Documents, time and cost Getting electricity Procedures, time and cost Employing workers (annex) Resolving insolvency (formerly Closing a business) Time, cost and recovery rate
Property rights Investor protection Access to
Administrative burden Flexibility in hiring
Recovery rate Reallocation of assets
What's new in Doing Business 2012?
Trends in business regulation in 183 economies 2012
Starting a business Dealing with construction permits Employing workers Registering property Getting credit Protecting investors Paying taxes Trading across borders Enforcing contracts Resolving Insolvency (formerly Closing a business) Getting Electricity included in overall ranking Change in business regulation over 6 years (distance to frontier) Variability of performance across indicators and good practices around the world Access to information data 4 case studies on regulatory reform (Korea, Rep., United Kingdom, Macedonia FYR, Mexico) E-chapters for 11 topics Threshold applied to the TTR in Paying Taxes
DB12 Results Which regions have the most
business-friendly environment in Doing Business?
Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
are the most likely to have both weaker legal
institutions and more complex regulatory processes
DB12 Results Top 30 economies for the ease of
doing business in 2010/11
1. Singapore 16. Georgia
2. Hong Kong SAR, China 17. Thailand
3. New Zealand 18. Malaysia
4. United States 19. Germany
5. Denmark 20. Japan
6. Norway 21. Latvia
7. United Kingdom 22. Macedonia, FYR
8. Korea, Rep. 23. Mauritius
9. Iceland 24. Estonia
10. Ireland 25. Taiwan, China
11. Finland 26. Switzerland
12. Saudi Arabia 27. Lithuania
13. Canada 28. Belgium
14. Sweden 29. France
15. Australia 30. Portugal
DB12 Results Globally, the pace of change
increased with 245 changes in 125 economies
78 of economies in Sub-Saharan Africa
implemented business regulation reforms in
2010/2011, compared to 33 in 2005/2006
Impact Doing Business as a catalyst for
regulatory reforms around the world
More than 80 countries have requested technical
assistance to improve the investment climate in
the areas measured by Doing Business Subnational
measurements underway in 17 countries (covering
184 cities) in FY11 alone
  • DB has proven to be an effective tool for Work
    Bank Group client economies, including IDA and
    conflict affected countries.
  • Most WBG reforms supported in low-income and IDA
    countries (26 in FY10)

Regulatory reforms informed by DB
Impact Peer-to-peer government learning on the
  • Reform committees in over 35 countries
  • At the Prime Ministers or Presidents level
    (e.g. Colombia, Rwanda)
  • At the ministerial level (e.g. India, Kenya,
    Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Tajikistan,
  • Systematic learning from and cooperating with
  • Peer-learning events in El Salvador (Central
    America), Mauritius (Small Island States and
    Sub-Saharan Africa), Abu Dhabi (Arab World),
    Georgia (Eastern and Central Europe), Malaysia
    (East Asia and the Pacific)
  • Ease of Doing Business Action Plan for 21 members
    of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation champion
    economies in 5 areas (Japan New Zealand
    Singapore Hong Kong SAR, China Korea)
  • Managing for results and tracing impact
  • APEC initiative targets 25 improvement in ease
    of doing business

  • Logistics The Annual Doing Business Report Cycle

Surveys - Write surveys, in consultation with
academic advisers - Send surveys to contributors
Mail Reports - Mailing of reports and
certificates of appreciation to contributors from
  • Data collection verification
  • - Conference calls VCs with contributors
  • Written correspondence
  • Travel to 21 countries for DB2012

Website -5.4 million hits since DB11
Dec- Jan
  • Data analysis and government feedback
  • Analyze and verify data received from over 9,000
  • -Request feedback on reforms from governments
  • Launch and roadshows
  • 30 countries hosted roadshows
  • 29 VC's including media govt
  • - 27 countries participated in 2 regional
    peer-learning events

Feb- May
Sept- Nov
Media outreach -Coverage in all major global
media outlets including Economist, FT, New York
Times - Over 7,900 media citations
  • Data coding
  • Coding of 52,000 data points
  • 245 reforms in 125 economies recorded in DB12,
    13 more than the previous year

June- Aug
June 1st cutoff date for reforms
Report production
Publication/writing -Analyze data and write
report -World Bank Group-wide colleagues review
report and provide feedback
Logistics How are the data collected?
  • To start, the Doing Business team, with academic
    advisers, designs a standardized case study and
    develops a survey.
  • Surveys are administered through more than 9,000
    local experts, including lawyers, business
    consultants, accountants, government officials
    and other professionals.
  • These experts have several (typically 4) rounds
    of interaction with the Doing Business team,
    involving conference calls, written
    correspondence and country visits.
  • The data from surveys are subjected to numerous
    tests for robustness, which lead to revisions or
    expansions of the information collected.
  • The data for all sets of indicators in Doing
    Business 2013 are for June 1, 2012
    (except for Paying Taxes, for which the data
    refer to JanDec 2011).

Logistics Topics requiring Legal Expertise
Starting a Business Registering a limited liability company and setting it up for operations
Registering Property Transferring property between two limited liability companies
Getting Credit Legal rights of borrowers and lenders and sharing of credit information
Protecting Investors Minority shareholders against harmful related party transaction
Enforcing Contracts Court efficiency in resolving a commercial dispute
Employing Workers Regulation of hiring, working hours, and dismissal
Paying Taxes Preparing, filing and paying taxes and social contributions
Resolving Insolvency Time cost and outcome of bankruptcy proceedings
Logistics Being a Doing Business contributor
  • How to contribute?
  • Every year in Feb/March, we will email you the
    survey topic or topics of your choice
  • We allow contributors 3-4 weeks to complete the
  • We might contact you via phone or email for a few
    follow-up questions
  • Upon receiving your survey, we will acknowledge
    your name and firm in the DB website and report
    (optional). You will also receive a free report
    copy and certificate of appreciation.
  • Why contribute?
  • Minimal time commitment for a pro-bono project
    that has a high and measurable impact
  • Maintain contact with the World Bank/IFC join a
    global network of over 9,000 professionals
  • Recognition on the Doing Business website, which
    receives 5 million site visits per year
  • Keep your professional skills sharp by updating
    your knowledge of changing regulations
  • Next Steps?
  • Download Doing Business survey(s) from this
  • Complete survey(s) by Friday, March 23
  • Email survey(s) to Yasmin Zand
    1 (202) 458-9458
  • Be sure to indicate that you are an ABA member in
    your email to Yasmin

Legal Resources
  • Doing Business Resources
  • Doing Business website
  • Data, Economy profiles, Research papers, Law
    library, Reform simulator, Business reform
  • 10th Anniversary Doing Business Research
    Conference in April
  • Join us on Doing Business Facebook and Twitter
  • Other Resources
  • Subnational Doing Business Reports
  • Business regulations and their enforcement across
    locations in a single country or region
  • Women, Business and the Law Report
  • Indicators based on laws and regulations
    affecting women's prospects as entrepreneurs and
  • Investing Across Borders Report
  • Compares regulation of foreign direct investment
    around the world
  • Enterprise Surveys
  • The world's most comprehensive company-level data
    in emerging markets and developing economies. 

Thank you. For more informationwww.doingbusines