Newsletter December 2016: Gearing towards Dutch Success

Yesterday the fourth edition of the 2016 newsletter of NL4WorldBank was published.newsletter-dec-2016
In this edition the focus is on the success of SCOPEinsight, a long term partner of IFC. You can also find new presentations of the World Bank on the New Procurement Framework, GAFSP and IFCs vision on Climate Smart Agriculture, as well as the MoU signed by the government of Curacao, the new Doing Business report and a report on Carbon Pricing, and a couple of important upcoming events! 
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Why gender equality in doing business makes good economic sense

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on November 17, 2016.

Women today represent about 50 percent of the world’s population and, for the past two decades, about 50 percent of the labor force. Yet there are stark differences in the outcomes they achieve: Women are only half as likely as men to have a full-time wage-earning job. The women who do have paid jobs earn as much as one-third less than men. Fewer women than men are involved in trade or own registered companies. And women are more likely to work in low-productivity activities or informal employment.

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Record Number of Economies Carried Out Business Reforms in Past Year: Doing Business

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2016db17-reportA record 137 economies around the world have adopted key reforms that make it easier to start and operate small and medium-sized businesses, says Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All, the World Bank Group’s annual report on the ease of doing business.

The new report finds that developing countries carried out more than 75 percent of the 283 reforms in the past year, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for over one-quarter of all reforms.

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OUT NOW! Flagship Report: Doing Business

Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All, db17-reporta World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 14th 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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