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21/06/10 18:26

New publications from the WBG:

  1. "Doing Business in the Arab World 2010"
  2. "Doing Business in Russia 2009"
  3. "Financial Infrastructure: Building Access Through Transparent and Stable Financial Systems"
  4. Three new Enterprise Surveys research papers
  5. "Getting Electricity - A Pilot Study by the Doing Business Project"
  6. New crisis response policy briefs


The World Bank Group finances the publication of numerous studies, reports and book that can be bought at Infoshop in Washington DC. The Bank΄s publications are also available through the WB website The following reports/studies are some of the publications that are particularly useful for the majority of private sector organisations.

Your guide to start doing business with the World Bank Group

Here you can download the Smart business Guide (File type: .pdf, Size: 336 KB)

Doing Business in 2017: is now available on the Rapid Response Site for Private Sector Development

  1. New report, Doing Business 2017:
  2. Full update of Doing Business data on the Web
  3. New global ease of doing business rankings for 189 countries
  4. New Doing Business topic: Dealing with licenses
  5. New Doing Business topic: Paying taxes
  6. New Doing Business topic: Trading across borders
  7. Protecting investors indicators: New indices added
  8. Updated list of new local partners
  9. Free reports: PDF versions of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Doing Business reports are available online

New in our Online Journal

Rising Informality - Reversing the Tide, Note 298
Vincent Palmade and Andrea Anayiotos, World Bank, August 2005

By some estimates, more than 30 percent of the developing world΄s GDP and 70 percent of its workers are outside the official economy. The implications: Most small firms are trapped in low-productivity operations with little access to finance, key government services, and formal customers.

And bigger, better-connected firms use "unfair" informal practices to beat out more productive formal competitors. The result is slower economic growth and a growing social divide between the informal and formal parts of society. This Note examines the key factors that contribute to informality, and ways to control its growth.

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