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    Pre-ICN 2014: "Competitive Domestic Markets: The Cornerstone to Boosting Trade and Competitiveness"

    Investment Climate’s Competition Policy team is hosting the Pre-ICN Forum on April 22, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco. The Pre-ICN is a platform for peer-to-peer knowledge exchange on how to introduce competition into key markets in developing and emerging economies. This year, the Pre-ICN is being co-sponsored by the Morocco Competition Council, the African Competition Forum, and the Regional Center of Competition for Latin America.
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  • In Practice Note: Promoting Foreign Investment in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

    Promoting Foreign Investment in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

    Fragile and conflict-affected situations might appear incapable of attracting significant flows of foreign investment due to their often negative international images and weak enabling environments. However, during the last eight years, foreign investment into these economies has grown almost three times more quickly than flows into the rest of the world, albeit from a very low starting point. This note provides guidance to investment policymakers and promoters in fragile and conflict-affected situations, whose work is needed to bring those opportunities to fruition.
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  • Nuts & Bolts: Public-Private Dialogue for Specific Sectors: Agribusiness

    Public-Private Dialogue for Specific Sectors: Agribusiness

    Second in the series "Public-Private Dialogue for Specific Sectors," this publication focuses on PPD as an engagement mechanism to support agribusiness. By engaging the value chain, PPD can ensure that issues such as governance, transparency, inclusiveness, and supply chain linkages are addressed and solved to benefit investors, governments, and local communities.
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  • Food Safety Toolkit

    Food Safety Toolkit

    The toolkit aims to empower reformers with a set of tools, and help them assess the market potential, build capacity, and assist in mitigating barriers to development in food safety. Given the existing demand from developing economies on necessary food safety reforms, this toolkit will guide all major stakeholders (businesses, farmers, and regulatory reformers alike) in understanding the scope of food safety reform, importance of public and private sector collaboration, value of educating all involved parties, importance of transparency, and strength of a market-driven approach.
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  • Yusuf Türker | © World Bank

    Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Competition Advocacy Contest

    The World Bank Group is happy to announce the winners of the 2013 Competition Advocacy Contest. The aim of this contest was to showcase the role of competition agencies in promoting competition. We are pleased to share many successful advocacy stories from competition authorities in developing and emerging markets.
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  • In Practice Note: Does e-Filing Reduce Tax Compliance Costs for Developing Countries?

    Does e-Filing Reduce Tax Compliance Costs for Developing Countries?

    As the use of e-filing of tax returns has spread from developed to developing countries, it has been clear that this sort of reform can reduce errors and opportunities for corruption. Also, it has been widely assumed that taxpayer compliance costs would decrease with the use of e-filing, because less time is spent getting tax returns from the taxpayer to the revenue authority. This note offers a cautiously positive assessment of e-filing reforms in developing countries with a number of caveats. Countries should not rush to push e-filing on all taxpayers until the revenue authorities, infrastructure, and taxpayers are ready.
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  • EAC scorecard

    East African Common Market Scorecard 2014

    The EAC Common Market Scorecard 2014 assesses progress toward the development of a common market in capital, services, and goods across the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC)—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Focusing on how each EAC Partner States' laws and regulation conform to their commitments to the EAC Common Market protocol, the report reviews 683 laws and regulations relevant to the common market (124 in capital, 545 in services and 14 in goods) and several legal notices, reports and trade statistics.
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  • FIAS 2013 Annual Review
    FIAS 2013 Annual Review

    FIAS 2013 Annual Review Highlights Sharp Increase in Reforms, Investment Generated

    Strong momentum is the theme of FY13 in the delivery of investment climate advisory services described in the newly released FIAS 2013 Annual Review. The number of investment climate reforms brought about with support from FIAS--the Facility for Investment Climate Advisory Services--is up sharply, and the $329 million in investment generated by FIAS-supported projects is more than triple the level achieved in FY12. FIAS-funded activities contributed to 75 reforms in 41 client countries. Three-quarters of the reforms were validated by the World Bank Group's Doing Business 2014 report. Removing obstacles to private sector investment and growth in some of the world's most fragile economies remains a priority, with IDA countries and Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for the majority of reforms and expenditures.
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  • GIPB Tourism

    Global Investment Promotion Best Practices: Winning Tourism Investment

    Tourism is a key sector for economic development and employment generation in both advanced and developing economies. However, shortage of capital is a major obstacle for tourism development especially in the developing world. Based on international best practices, this report provides guidance on how investment promotion intermediaries (IPIs) can improve their investment facilitation services to tourism investors with a focus on attracting long-term growth businesses in the sector.
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  • FDI Regulations Arbitrating and Mediating Disputes

    Arbitrating & Mediating Disputes: Benchmarking Arbitration & Mediation Regimes for Commercial Disputes Related to Foreign Direct Investment

    An effective commercial arbitration regime matters for foreign investors. The Arbitrating and Mediating Disputes indicators assess the legal and institutional framework for commercial arbitration, mediation, and conciliation regimes in 100 economies. This paper identifies several opportunities for improvement, such as greater flexibility for domestic arbitration regimes, faster arbitration proceedings, and better domestic court capabilities.
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