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  • FIAS Annual Review 2015

    FIAS Annual Review 2015

    FIAS marked its 30th anniversary in fiscal year 2015 and achieved significant successes through a more versatile World Bank Group structure. Read More

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  • Implementing a Unique Business Identifier in Government
    Guidance Note

    Implementing a Unique Business Identifier in Government

    Governments are implementing unique business identifiers (UBIs) as they undertake efforts to increase tax compliance, streamline business start-up, enhance data sharing, improve public service delivery, reduce administrative burdens, and monitor the health of financial systems. This guidance note draws on a set of nine case studies looking at individual country efforts to implement UBIs. Analysis of the country cases revealed a number of common issues encountered during implementation and operation of the UBI solutions, and the emerging good practices that countries have employed in addressing implementation challenges.
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  • FIAS 2015 Annual Review
    Annual Review

    FIAS 2015 Annual Review

    Projects supported by the Facility for Investment Climate Advisory Services (FIAS) achieved significant successes in fiscal year 2015 through a more versatile World Bank Group structure. FY15 marked the 30th anniversary of FIAS and the first year in which the programs supported by FIAS were implemented by the World Bank Group’s new Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C). The merging of an experienced IFC and World Bank team with a well-established program of helping developing countries bodes well for the future of FIAS. With one year still to go in the FY12–16 strategy cycle, FIAS has helped bring about 265 reforms in 75 client countries, exceeding the five-year target of 250 reforms. Projects supported by FIAS have yielded $626 million in compliance cost savings and trade-related savings to the private sectors in developing countries, exceeding the five-year target of $600 million. Planning is well under way for the FY17–21 strategy cycle.
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  • Investment Promotion: A Guide to Investor Targeting in Agribusiness

    Investment Promotion: A Guide to Investor Targeting in Agribusiness

    This guide seeks to help project leaders in working with client governments to attract concrete agribusiness investments that create jobs, reduce poverty, and develop value chains in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.
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  • FIAS 2014 Annual Review

    FIAS 2014 Annual Review

    Work funded by the Facility for Investment Climate Advisory Services (FIAS) in fiscal year 2014 delivered results across a broad range of activities, from promoting trade and competitive markets to streamlining business regulation to encouraging major new investment in specific industries. This edition of the FIAS Annual Review includes a special section on the new Trade Facilitation Support Program initiated with FIAS support. It will serve as a centerpiece of an increasing focus on trade as an engine of sustainable growth in developing countries. The portfolio has achieved results in the world’s poorest countries, nations in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS), and Sub-Saharan Africa. FIAS support helped achieve a substantial jump in investment generated for industry-specific sectors, continuing a strong trend of growth in this field. These achievements took place amid a major Bank Group reorganization that resulted in the creation of a new Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) Global Practice, which is expanding the reach of the FIAS program in FY15 and beyond.
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  • Competition Policy Advocacy Awards

    The Competition Policy Advocacy Awards

    The Competition Policy Advocacy Contest’s aim is to showcase the positive results for consumers, businesses, and overall economic growth generated by forwardleaning policies aimed at thwarting anti-competitive behaviors. In early 2014, the World Bank Group announced the winners of the first contest. They were chosen from among a strong—and highly competitive—field of contenders. The Arab Republic of Egypt, Chile, Colombia, and Pakistan were selected as winners in one of several categories emphasizing varying aspects of competition policy. Honorable mentions went to competition agencies in El Salvador, Mexico, Moldova, South Africa, and Turkey.
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  • Debt resolution infographic

    Effective Insolvency Systems: How Do They Help Businesses in Developing Countries?

    The Global Debt Resolution and Business Exit program of the World Bank Group assists developing countries in improving their insolvency systems to help save viable businesses and help exit non-viable ones. This new infographic describes the program's approach and impact on credit, entrepreneurship, and growth in client countries across the globe.
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  • Viewpoint DRBE

    Debt Resolution and Business Exit: Insolvency Reform for Credit, Entrepreneurship, and Growth

    The willingness of banks and investors to support new businesses depends a great deal on the rules that govern failing businesses. Effective insolvency regimes save struggling firms when possible, or reallocate assets of failing firms more productively. These procedures—focused on the end of the business life cycle—have a profound impact on the beginning. Banks and investors are more willing to lend when they know they can recover at least some of their investment. Entrepreneurs are more willing to enter the market when they are not putting their entire personal fortunes at risk.
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  • PPD in FCS

    Public-Private Dialogue in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

    Public-private dialogue (PPD) is highly necessary in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS) to fill the gap resulting from the lack of legitimate institutions, to help create transparency and trust among stakeholders, and to identify the need for reforms and interventions that can improve the business environment and attract investment. Based on a survey and a series of interviews, this report captures experiences and lessons learned by 27 professionals from implementing PPD projects in more than 30 countries.
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  • The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2014

    The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2014

    The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2014 is one of a series of pocket-sized books that present a wide range of data on the scope and types of regulations that enhance—and constrain—business activity. Included in the guide are indicators on the economic and social context, the investment climate, private sector investment, finance and banking, and infrastructure. The indicators provide users with a general understanding of the private sector in each country. The more than 200 country pages are supplemented by aggregate data for regional and income groupings. The data have led to new research, enabled benchmarking, and informed the reform process in many developing countries.
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  • Low-Carbon Zones: A Practitioner's Handbook

    Low-Carbon Zones: A Practitioner's Handbook

    This handbook is designed to aid practitioners in understanding low-carbon zones and the systematic process required to develop and operate in such zones. The handbook draws heavily on the lessons learned from the Low-Carbon Zones project in Bangladesh, one of the first such initiatives undertaken by a lower-income country and sought to develop an approach to transform the existing old-style export processing zones into more environmentally friendly low-carbon zones.
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