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September 2005

China’s best places for business

1. Hangzhou  --  A Marco Polo favorite
2. Wuxi  --  Industrial hub near Shanghai
3. Shanghai  --  China's international business capital
4. Dalian  --  Popular among Japanese investors
5. Beijing  --  Hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics
6. Suzhou  --  Multinational manufacturing mecca
7. Ningbo  --  Big port rivals nearby Shanghai
8. Nanjing  --  Military city finds new success

Nominations for 2006 World Business Awards

IBLF, UNDP and the ICC are seeking nominations for the World Business Awards in support of the Millennium Development Goals. The nominations process was launched September 12. See the explanatory brochure or nominate a deserving project - you have until December 31, 2005.

The diary of Angelina Jolie

...(and Jeffrey Sachs). The two have teamed up with MTV to document a recent trip through Africa to highlight the MDGs. The show debuts tonight in the US. (via AdamSmithee)

Also, see Sach's Financial Times blog - yesterday he discussed "private initiatives at the World Summit."

The worst business regulations in the world

Doing Business in 2006 was published today (midnight GMT), tracking the state of red tape across the world with the usual sparky reporting and jaw-dropping data. (OK, I'm biased: my name is in the acknowledgements.)

There are many wise things to be said about this data, and I'll try to say them over the next few days. But since this is a blog let me go for the cheapest headline. The top ten business environments in the world, as measured by the 'Ease of Doing Business index':