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For detailed business and economic report on a country please visit the World Bank Group on doing business in various countries. You can get these reports in the following websiteswww.doingbusiness.org and www.enterprisesurveys.org

This month in our doing business country reports we feature Doing Business in Russia and Doing Business in the Arab World. Report and data are from the World Bank Group

http://www.theodora.com/wfb/russia/russia.gif Russia Overview (For the complete and detailed report visit 
www.doingbusiness.org or follow the linkhttp://www.doingbusiness.org/~/media/FPDKM/Doing%20Business/Documents/Subnational-Reports/DB12-Sub-Russia.pdf

http://www.doingbusiness.org/reports/subnational-reports/%7E/media/FPDKM/Doing%20Business/Images/Features/DB12-Russia-improvements.gifDoing Business in Russia 2012 is the second report in a series analyzing four areas of business regulation across 30 Russian cities—starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, and registering property. These indicators were selected because they cover areas of local jurisdiction or practice. Trading across borders, which was included in the first round, has been replaced by the getting electricity indicator. In 2008, quantitative indicators on business regulations were analyzed for 10 cities: Irkutsk, Kazan, Moscow, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Rostov-on-Don, Saint-Petersburg, Tomsk, Tver and Voronezh. This year's report documents improvement in these cities and expands the analysis to 20 additional cities: Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Kemerovo, Khabarovsk, Surgut, Kirov, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Samara, Saransk, Stavropol, Ulyanovsk, Vladikavkaz, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Vyborg, Yakutsk, Yaroslavl and Yekaterinburg.
http://www.doingbusiness.org/reports/subnational-reports/%7E/media/FPDKM/Doing%20Business/Images/Buttons/arrowblue.gif?w=10&h=9&as=1Where is it easiest to do business in Russia?

Main Findings

  • Overall, it is easier to start a business, deal with construction permits, get electricity and register property in Ulyanovsk and Saransk.
  • No single city outperforms the others in all areas. It is easiest to start a business in Saint Petersburg, deal with construction permits in Surgut, connect to electricity in Saransk and register property in Kaluga.
  • The average start-up cost of 2.3% of income per capita places Russia among the 30 cheapest economies worldwide to start a business.
  • Property registration is easy (similar to the OECD average of 5 procedures and 31 days) and inexpensive across the country and in all cities measured. The average cost of 0.2% of property value is well below the OECD average of 4.4% of property value.
  • Consistent performers stayed at the top with Kazan among the top performers in the areas of starting a business and registering property. Irkutsk remained in the top third of cities measured for starting a business and dealing with construction permits.
  • Numerous procedures take a long time and carry a high cost in the areas of dealing with construction permits and getting electricity.

The report was funded by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, 26 participating regions and one municipality; and by the European Union, represented by the European Commission. The report was produced in collaboration with the Higher School of Economics and the Institute of Urban Economics.
Source: www.doingbusiness.org


http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQbOzTREIBmjLcmpwjBrDqoKeQxPCFDm80qrN91qVPWbxLf0pDkAQDoing Business in the Arab Economies (For a detailed report visitwww.doingbusiness.org or follow this linkhttp://www.doingbusiness.org/~/media/FPDKM/Doing%20Business/Documents/Special-Reports/DB12-ArabWorld.pdf 
Governments in 13 of 20 Arab economies implemented regulatory reforms in the past year aimed at improving the business environment for local entrepreneurs. Overall, these governments implemented 20 such reforms between June 2010 and May 2011. Morocco was the most active in encouraging entrepreneurship through regulatory reform.
Main Findings

  • Worldwide, 125 economies implemented 245 reforms making it easier to do business in 2010/11, 13% more than in the previous year. Among Arab economies, 13 implemented reforms making it easier to do business—20 such reforms in all. Half these reforms focused on making it easier to start a business or improving credit information systems.
  • Opportunities for regulatory reform and greater transparency remain. Entrepreneurs across the Arab world continue to face often complex and costly regulatory processes to start and run a business—and contend with weaker investor and property rights protections than their counterparts in other regions.
  • Morocco was the most active in implementing regulatory reforms in 2010/11. It launched a fully operational one-stop shop for obtaining construction permits. It eased the administrative burden of paying taxes for firms by enhancing electronic filing and payment of the corporate income tax and value added tax. And it adopted a new law modifying the rules of procedure governing commercial proceedings.
  • New data show the importance of access to regulatory information. Fee schedules, documentation requirements and information relating to commercial cases and insolvency proceedings are not readily accessible in some Arab economies. But the rise in e-government initiatives in the region and around the world provides an opportunity to increase access to information and transparency.
  • A new measure shows that over the past 6 years 94% of 174 economies covered by Doing Business—and 94% of the 18 Arab economies in the sample—made their regulatory environment more business-friendly. These economies moved closer to the "frontier," a synthetic measure based on the most business-friendly regulatory practices across 9 areas of business regulation—from starting a business to resolving insolvency. Among Arab economies, the Arab Republic of Egypt made the greatest progress in narrowing the distance to the frontier between 2005 and 2011, followed by Saudi Arabia.
Source: www.doingbusiness.org
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