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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.


  • An Open Door for Firms

    An Open Door for Firms: The Impact of Business Entry Reforms (June 2010)    

     World Bank Group client governments as well as donors often ask about the effects of business entry reforms and the persistence of those effects  . Four clear findings emerge from existing research. First , more firms enter the market when registration procedures and costs are cut. Second, a large percentage of new firms survive and grow. Third, new firms increase competition, forcing incumbents to become more efficient or to exit the market and boosting overall productivity and investment. Finally, entry reforms have greater impacts when coupled with other investment climate reforms.

  • Doing Business in Colombia 2010

    Doing Business in Colombia (2010)    

    Doing Business in Colombia 2010, the second subnational report of the Doing Business series in Colombia, compares business regulations across 21 cities. The report focuses on local and national regulations that affect six stages in the life of a small- to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, paying taxes, trading across borders, and enforcing contracts.

  • 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.

  • Secured Transactions Systems

    Secured Transactions Systems and Collateral Registries (January 2010)    

    The main objective of this publication is to provide technical advice and guidance to World Bank Group staff, donor institutions, government officials and other practitioners on the implementation of secured transactions law and institutional reforms in emerging market countries. The content of the Toolkit will guide the reader through the various stages of the project cycle (identification, diagnostic, solution design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation) involved in the introduction of secured transactions reforms. The recommendations presented in the Toolkit are based on IFC's experience in the secured transactions area, the contributions of a number of experts in this field, existing literature, reform experience in a number of emerging market countries and the existing best practices in jurisdictions with advanced secured transactions systems.

  • 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.