Adequate protection of creditor’s rights is as important as those of the debtor, given that quick and efficient insolvency proceedings rest upon a balance of power between debtors and creditors.…

Klaus Koch-Saldarriaga, Raman Maroz, Nina Dannaoui |

The World Bank Group’s Doing Business project collects objective data on 11 areas of business regulations and their enforcement across the largest business cities of 190 economies. To provide wide…

World Bank Data Team, World Bank Doing Business Team |

Small differences in the time and cost to trade can determine whether or not a country participates in global value chains. In this respect, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation…

Inés Zabalbeita Múgica, Marilyne Youbi, Cécile Ferro |

Also available in: العربية | Español | Français  | 中文  While I welcome criticism and comments on the Doing Business (DB) report—or any other data and research product of the World Bank, for that…

Shanta Devarajan |

With more jobs and competitiveness in mind, many economies worldwide have simplified their business start-up rules and regulations over recent years. Since the first Doing Business report was…

Frederic Meunier, Nadia Novik, Cyriane Coste, Erick Tjong |

Who are Spain's neighbors? Is Canada closer to Spain than Portugal? What about Estonia or Greece? The answer? Depends on the data you are looking at! Earlier this week I crunched data based…

Alberto Sanchez Rodelgo |

One of the most interesting trends in Doing Business is the reduction in the number of days it takes to start a business across the world. Navigate through the graphic below using the arrows next…

Tariq Khokhar |

Private sector development (PSD) plays a crucial role in post-conflict economic development and poverty alleviation. Fragile states, however, face major challenges, such as difficult access to…

Steve Utterwulghe |