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 Learning Series

Doing Business Learning Series starts with webinar on overall results for Doing Business 2019. The subsequent webinars will focus on each of the 11 Doing Business indicators, covering topics from Starting a Business to ...


Paying Taxes 2019

This report, the thirteenth in a series from the World Bank Group and PwC, measures tax systems for a domestic company complying with tax laws and regulations in each economy.


Blog: Giving creditors a voice for a better insolvency process

On October 15, 2018, Sears—once the biggest retailer in the world—filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. A reorganization plan allowing the company to reemerge from the $5.5 billion ...


Main findings for Doing Business 2019:

  • Doing Business captured a record 314 regulatory reforms between June 2, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Worldwide, 128 economies introduced substantial regulatory improvements making it easier to do business in all areas measured by Doing Business.
  • One-third of all business regulatory reforms recorded by Doing Business 2019 were in the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a total of 107 reforms,  Sub-Saharan Africa once again has a record number this year.
  • The BRIC economies—Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China—introduced a total of 21 reforms, with getting electricity and trading across borders the most common areas of improvement.
  • The 10 top economies in the ease of doing business ranking share common features of regulatory efficiency and quality, including mandatory inspections during construction, automated tools used by distribution utilities to restore service during power outages, strong safeguards available to creditors in insolvency proceedings and automated specialized commercial courts.
  • Training opportunities for service providers and users are positively associated with the ease of doing business score. Similarly, increased public-private communication on legislative changes and processes affecting SMEs are associated with more reforms and better performance on the Doing Business indicators.


External Review

  • 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





Doing Business 2019

Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 16th 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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Doing Business in Kazakhstan 2019

Doing Business in Kazakhstan 2019— the second subnational Doing Business study for Kazakhstan. The study measures business regulations affecting four stages in the life of a small to mid-size domestic firm—starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity and registering property—across 16 locations in Kazakhstan—Akmola (Kokshetau), Aktobe, Atyrau, Almaty (Taldykorgan), East Kazakhstan (Oskemen), Karagandy, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, Mangystau (Aktau), North Kazakhstan (Petropavl), Pavlodar, West Kazakhstan (Oral), Zhambyl (Taraz), and the cities of Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Shymkent.

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Subnational Doing Business studies have benchmarked 510 locations in 75 economies since 2005


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