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Investment Climate Advisory Services

Advisory Services

The Investment Climate Advisory Services of the World Bank Group assists client governments in implementing reforms to improve the investment climate. Advisory work is organized under two main areas of practice: Regulatory Simplification and Investment Generation. In both practice areas, the focus is on improving the policies, laws, and regulations that affect domestic and foreign investors and influence their decisions to invest.


  • Inpractice

    Managing Risk in Customs - Lessons from the New Zealand Customs Service (April 2010)    

    The New Zealand Customs Service's risk management system enables it to manage large volumes of cargo crossing borders with limited resources. This note, the fourth in a series of four on trade logistics reform issues and initiatives, highlights the system's fundamental principles and processes and offers lessons in reforming trade logistics functions to meet global standards and security requirements.

  • Cortega

    How to Reform Business Licenses (2010)    

    This handbook is designed to assist practitioners in developing and implementing comprehensive "guillotine"-style reforms of business licenses. It features step-by-step guidance supported by checklists, as well as standard project documents and templates. This handbook draws from experiences gained through licensing reforms carried out in a wide range of developing and OECD countries.

  • OBRAcoverpts

    Outsourcing of Business Registration Activities - Lessons from Experience (April 2010)    

    Outsourcing has become a recognized feature of industrial and commercial activity around the world. Many countries have outsourced some aspect of business registration, particularly the development and operation of computer systems, but there are some that have gone further. This study has been commissioned by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to explore the extent to which outsourcing has become a recognized feature of business registration, the reasons for this, and the associated benefits, drawbacks, and practical problems. Did business registries outsource any or all of their functions? If so, did the same considerations apply as for the private sector? Were there lessons to be learned from their experience? Responses to these and other questions were received from 53 registries and analyzed in this study.

  • Here is your Money

    Here is Your Money! Using the Standard Cost Model to Measure Regulatory Compliance Costs in Developing Countries (2010)    

    This document provides a number of lessons from the first few years of using the Standard Cost Model as a tool to measure and monitor regulatory compliance costs in reforms in developing countries.

  • Providing Incentives for Investment

    Providing Incentives for Investment (January 2010)    

     Are tax incentives effective at attracting investment or a waste of resources? It depends on the policies used and the sector targeted for investments. This Investment Climate IN PRACTICE note consolidates the policy implications of recent research and offers best practices for incentive policy and administration.