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Old September 26th, 2007, 01:26 PM   #1
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Ghana a top business reformer for second year in a row!

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The rankings are based on 10 indicators of business regulation that track the time and cost to meet government requirements in business start-up, operation, trade, taxation, and closure. The rankings do not reflect such areas as macroeconomic policy, quality of infrastructure, currency volatility, investor perceptions, or crime rates. Since 2003 Doing Business has inspired or informed more than 113 reforms around the world.
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Ghana, a top 10 reformer for the second year running, continues to increase the efficiency of its public services. It cut bottlenecks in property registration, reducing delays from six months to one. Greater efficiency at the company registry and the environment agency cut the time for business start-up to 42 days. Changes in the port authority’s operations sped up imports. New civil procedure rules and mandatory arbitration and mediation reduced the time it takes to enforce contracts.

Kenya, the region’s other top 10 reformer, launched an ambitious licensing reform program. So far the program has eliminated 110 business licenses and simplified eight others. The changes have streamlined business start-up and cut both the time and cost of getting building permits. The program will eventually eliminate or simplify at least 900 more of the country’s 1,300 licenses. Property registration is also faster now, thanks to the introduction of competition among land valuers. And the country’s private credit bureau now collects a wider range of data.
http://www.doingbusiness.org/features/Reform2007.aspx

Slideshow of the top 10 reformers worldwide:

http://digitalmedia.worldbank.org/sl...ideshow_id=196
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2008 rank Economy
1 Singapore
2 New Zealand
3 United States
4 Hong Kong, China
5 Denmark
6 United Kingdom
7 Canada
8 Ireland
9 Australia
10 Iceland
11 Norway
12 Japan
13 Finland
14 Sweden
15 Thailand
16 Switzerland
17 Estonia
18 Georgia
19 Belgium
20 Germany
21 Netherlands
22 Latvia
23 Saudi Arabia
24 Malaysia
25 Austria
26 Lithuania
27 Mauritius
28 Puerto Rico
29 Israel
30 Korea
31 France
32 Slovakia
33 Chile
34 St. Lucia
35 South Africa
36 Fiji
37 Portugal
38 Spain
39 Armenia
40 Kuwait
41 Antigua and Barbuda
42 Luxembourg
43 Namibia
44 Mexico
45 Hungary
46 Bulgaria
47 Tonga
48 Romania
49 Oman
50 Taiwan, China
51 Botswana
52 Mongolia
53 Italy
54 St. Vincent and the Grenadines
55 Slovenia
56 Czech Republic
57 Turkey
58 Peru
59 Belize
60 Maldives
61 Samoa
62 Vanuatu
63 Jamaica
64 St. Kitts and Nevis
65 Panama
66 Colombia
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 United Arab Emirates
69 El Salvador
70 Grenada
71 Kazakhstan
72 Kenya
73 Kiribati
74 Poland
75 Macedonia, FYR
76 Pakistan
77 Dominica
78 Brunei
79 Solomon Islands
80 Jordan
81 Montenegro
82 Palau
83 China
84 Papua New Guinea
85 Lebanon
86 Serbia
87 Ghana
88 Tunisia
89 Marshall Islands
90 Seychelles
91 Vietnam
92 Moldova
93 Nicaragua
94 Kyrgyz Republic
95 Swaziland
96 Azerbaijan
97 Croatia
98 Uruguay
99 Dominican Republic
100 Greece
101 Sri Lanka
102 Ethiopia
103 Paraguay
104 Guyana
105 Bosnia and Herzegovina
106 Russia
107 Bangladesh
108 Nigeria
109 Argentina
110 Belarus
111 Nepal
112 Micronesia
113 Yemen
114 Guatemala
115 Costa Rica
116 Zambia
117 West Bank and Gaza
118 Uganda
119 Bhutan
120 India
121 Honduras
122 Brazil
123 Indonesia
124 Lesotho
125 Algeria
126 Egypt
127 Malawi
128 Ecuador
129 Morocco
130 Tanzania
131 Gambia
132 Cape Verde
133 Philippines
134 Mozambique
135 Iran
136 Albania
137 Syria
138 Uzbekistan
139 Ukraine
140 Bolivia
141 Iraq
142 Suriname
143 Sudan
144 Gabon
145 Cambodia
146 Djibouti
147 Comoros
148 Haiti
149 Madagascar
150 Rwanda
151 Benin
152 Zimbabwe
153 Tajikistan
154 Cameroon
155 Côte d’Ivoire
156 Togo
157 Mauritania
158 Mali
159 Afghanistan
160 Sierra Leone
161 Burkina Faso
162 Senegal
163 São Tomé and Principe
164 Lao PDR
165 Equatorial Guinea
166 Guinea
167 Angola

168 Timor-Leste
169 Niger
170 Liberia
171 Eritrea

172 Venezuela
173 Chad
174 Burundi
175 Congo, Rep.
176 Guinea-Bissau
177 Central African Republic
178 Congo, Dem. Rep.
Other SSA countries should take note. Ghana is showing the way!

Last edited by Adams3; September 26th, 2007 at 01:38 PM.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 05:33 PM   #2
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There are many African countries showing up on recent surveys.

Botswana was ranked 38th ( out of 180 countries ) in TI's Corruption Perception Index ( higher than some Western developed countries ) while Namibia, Senegal, and Ghana are on the same par as some Eastern European nations.

Hopefully this trend continues
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