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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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.