15 Years of Reforms to Improve Business Climate Worldwide

WHAT IS “DOING BUSINESS”?

Doing Business is a project that provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies. It looks at domestic small and medium-size companies and measures the regulations applying to them through their life cycle.

By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies and over time, Doing Business encourages economies to compete towards more efficient regulation; offers measurable benchmarks for reform; and serves as a resource for policymakers, academics, journalists, private sector researchers and others interested in the business climate of each economy.

Doing Business 2018

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Enabling the Business of Agriculture

EBA-2017-infographics-1.pngEBA 2017 is the third report in the series, presenting data that measure legal barriers for businesses operating in agriculture in 62 countries and across 12 topic areas. It provides quantitative indicators on regulation for seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, information and communication technology (ICT), and water. Two overarching themes—gender and environmental sustainability—continue to be included in the report analysis to ensure that the messages developed by EBA encourage inclusive and sustainable practices. This year scoring was piloted for the land topic for 38 countries in which data were collected. The data for the remaining 24 countries will be collected next year and the team will refine the methodology further. EBA also collected data on the livestock topic, focusing on veterinary medicinal products (VMPs).

Read the full report here.

Newsletter March 2017: Doing Business!

On March 7th the FIRST edition of  2017 of NL4WorldBank newsletter  was published.Doing Business

In this edition the focus is on the success of Deltares, a long term partner of the World Bank.
You can also find a new World Bank presentation on the Corporate Procurement, the updated version of the handleiding “zaken doen met de Wereldbank Groep” and the 2017 World Development Report focused on Goverance and the Law. We have also created a complaints guide to answer any and all questions you may have. Last but not least we have our top blog posts, interesting tenders 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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eC2: Financial Awareness Promotion and Capacity Building of Farmer Producer Organizations

Deadline: 27-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.Cindex.)

WBG is hiring a consultant/ organization to work closely with WBG and FPO promoting organization in low income states for project delivery. The project aims to facilitate access to formal financial services to small and marginal farmers, their households and financially excluded women of low income states of India by leveraging the network and outreach of FPOs.

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eC2: LNG import terminal PPP – Technical Consultant

Deadline: 25-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is in discussions with governments in the East and South Asia region, including Government of Sri Lanka, and Government of Myanmar, to act as Lead Transaction Advisor in assisting in the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal infrastructure, under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model (the Project). IFC seeks to appoint Technical Consultant(s) to assist in technical due diligence for the proposed project(s) including determination of demand assessment, LNG procurement strategy, site assessments, preliminary project design and costing, environment and social scoping studies, and other technical inputs to contract design and bid process.

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eC2: Water Utilities in Colombia – Market Mapping

Deadline: 12-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this assignment is to identify creditworthy waterpublic (municipal and regional), private and mixed-ownership water utilities in Colombia, which have realistic chances of becoming IFC investment and advisory clients (criteria to be provided further). A consultant will collect comprehensive in-depth information on these utilities as per TOR. In addition, a brief review of the institutional and regulatory environment pertaining to the water sector in Colombia will have to be prepared.

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Upcoming Smart City Events

October 6-7, Nordic Edge Expo 2016, Stavanger, Norway

This event is intended for professionals engaged in technological solutions that will make cities, communities, companies and homes smarter. Meet decision makers from cities and municipalities, smart technology providers, forward thinking universities and dynamic organizations.   Find more here.

October 20-21, Internet of Things Tech Expo North America, Santa Clara, California

The Expo will bring together key industries from across America for two days of discussion on the Internet of Things and related technological advancements. Industries will include manufacturing, transport, health, logistics, government, energy and automotive.      Find more here.

October 25-27, Meeting of the Minds 2016, Richmond, California

The Meeting of the Minds annual summit brings together more than 400 policy makers, opinion shapers, thinkers and innovators to scale up practical urban solutions, shape new policies, deploy new technologies, embed new innovations into mainstream institutions and help partnerships flourish. In the 10th anniversary event, participants will be able to work directly with like-minded leaders focused on the same issue areas.

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November 14-18, Asia Smart City Conference Yokohama, Japan.

Starting from 2012, City Yokohama invites mayors from emerging Asian countries and international organizations to the Asia Smart City Conference. As part of the conference this year, the Tokyo Development Learning Center and the Smart Cities KSB will organize a Smart City Technical Deep Dive and one-day World Bank Smart City Summit. Piloting projects are under planning and the Bank will send roughly 20 project clients and 10 Bank staff to attend the conference.           Find more here.

eC2:Early Learning Partnership (ELP) Systems Research

The project below is divided into 4 tenders, the descriptions and requirements are the same but the country of execution is different.

Deadline: 27-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

The goals of the ELP Systems Research program are (1) to provide policymakers in a set of focus countries with actionable information to help guide the delivery of quality, equitable early learning at scale; and (2) to build the international evidence base in the emerging field of systems research in early childhood education. Funding is available for one research team for each of the following focus countries/regions: Ethiopia; Liberia; the province of Punjab, Pakistan; and Tanzania. An additional focus country may be added at a later time depending on the availability of funds.

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eC2: Flood Risk Management Plan for the Sava River Basin – Int’l Firm

Deadline: 03-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington Dwater.C.)

The overall objective is to improve the quality and effectiveness of joint flood and drought management and forecasting capacities in the SRB. This particular projects component aims at fostering cooperation among the countries which share the Sava RB through preparation of the Sava FRMP. Sava FRMP shall ensure a coordinated planning of measures and support the implementation of joint activities of the countries cooperating in SRB aimed at creating the conditions for sustainable flood protection in the basin.

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