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Food Safety Toolkit

Food Safety Toolkit: This 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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  • Promoting Foreign Investment in Fragile and 
Conflict-Affected Situations
    IN PRACTICE NOTE

    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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  • Public-Private Dialogue for Specific Sectors: Agribusiness
    Nuts & Bolts

    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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  • EAC Scorecard 2014
    PUBLICATION

    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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  • Does e-Filing Reduce Tax Compliance Costs for Developing Countries? | © World Bank Group
    IN PRACTICE NOTE

    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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  • GIPB Tourism | © World Bank Group
    Publication

    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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  • FIAS 2013 Annual Review | © World Bank Group
    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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    Toolkit

    Reforming Business Registration: A Toolkit for the Practitioners

    This toolkit provides a systematic analysis of various reform options and is meant to serve as a guide for policy makers and practitioners implementing business registration reform. The toolkit displays the fundamentals of international good practice that can be adapted to specific country contexts in a coherent, consistent, and sustainable way.
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    Good Practices for Construction Regulation and Enforcement Reform, Guidelines for Reformers

    A well-functioning building-control regulatory system is an important component of a modern society. Effective building permitting and inspections can enhance public safety, strengthen property rights, and contribute to the process of capital formation. However the enforcement of building regulations continues to be complex, creating opportunities for corruption, increased uncertainty for private sector, unsafe buildings, dysfunctional cities and high costs for the community. This report provides an overview of international good practices and guidelines for developing strategies to improve the transparency and the efficiency of building policy and regulatory frameworks.
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    Innovative Solutions for Business Entry Reforms: A Global Analysis

    Business registration is crucial for entrepreneurs on a number of counts: formal registration may pave the way for shared capital raising and for access to public tenders as well as to government services; registration assures business partners that the information provided about the business can be trusted; and access to current, trustworthy information is a key factor in creating a safe business environment. This report presents an overview of the functions and roles of business registers and of ways in which they can be supported and reformed as necessary.
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