Doing Business in Colombia 2010


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DBColombia2010 The World Bank's Doing Business team has launched its second annual Subnational Colombia report. Colombia was among this year's top 10 reformers in the general Doing Business survey, with every city pulling its weight.

Each of the 13 regions previously benchmarked showed improvements in at least one of the areas measured. Over 75 percent of cities now offer one-stop shops to start businesses.

Doing business is easiest in Manizales, Ibagué and Pereira, and more difficult in Cali and Cartagena.

One of my favorite aspects of the subnational reports is that they showcase how different regions within the same country can learn from each other. A hypothetical Colombian city that adopted all the best practices identified in this report would rank 17th of 183 countries globally -- 20 places ahead of Colombia’s position in the global Doing Business 2010 report.

February 16, 2010

I like the way Doing Business is able to really consider federal countries through their sub-national reports. Administering surveys in a federal system is challenging but Doing Business seems to have struck a nice balance with the publications of these sub-national reports at intervals during the year. Well done!

Maria Alexandra Velez
February 16, 2010

In the case of Colombia, the subnational report has created a healthy competition among cities to become the best place for Doing Business. Although Colombia does not have a federal system, application of administrative norms can differ widely from one city to another. Doing Business points out what works best and where, giving local authorities tools to improve without looking further than their neighbors' best practices. Interesting to see among the top ranked, cities with quite a dynamic commercial activity. Cali, sadly, is lagging behind as in many other indicators for a city which was once a motor for development in the country. Cartagena definitely deserves better and hopefully the major will carefully read the report and act accordingly.

Jann Soriano
September 30, 2010

I do not doubt the report in including Baranquilla as one of the most difficult cities in Colombia to run a business. My step father who was born and raised in Bogota started a business in Baranquilla 5 years ago and put all his effort and resources to make it succeed. It was short lived, though. His being a former Colombian national didn't help in overcoming the layers of bureaucratic hurdles that exist in that city that didn't seem to improve through the years - according to him. He gave up, losing almost all his life savings and now concentrates only in helping me and my mom in our small Toronto business.