Thank you, Expert Contributors!
Thank you for contributing your knowledge and time to the Doing Business 2015 report. Your responsiveness to follow-up questions via telephone and email are also much appreciated. Many of you have been research partners with the World Bank Group for more than 11 years and we look forward to continuing this important relationship with you as we work toward our common goal of enabling local entrepreneurs in your economy and globally.

Doing Business 2015 launched on October 29, 2014
The most recent report launched successfully on October 29, 2014. In the month of November, the www.doingbusiness.org website received over 1 million page views and more than 50,000 downloads! To show our sincere gratitude to our expert respondents, a report copy and certificate of appreciation for Doing Business 2015 will be sent by February to those who participated in the research.

Jean-Marc Dufour, on behalf of FranceI-eci, thank you in advance.

Doing Business 2015 Key Highlights
This year's report marks the 12th edition of the Doing Business series. The report covers 189 economies - expanding coverage to include second cities in 11 economies.

Key highlights:
  • Singapore is once again first on ease of doing business
  • Entrepreneurs in 123 economies saw improvements in regulatory framework
  • Ease of doing business ranking is now based on distance to frontier score
  • Expansion of the areas measured in the getting credit, protecting minority investors and resolving insolvency topics
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 5 of the 10 top improvers in 2013/14
  • Case studies offer an insight into regulatory issues faced by policy makers, challenges they had to overcome, and the impact of their initiative
  • Report findings for your region are available on the press page of the website: http://www.doingbusiness.org/press

Doing Business 2015 Case Studies
Doing Business case studies highlight the specific experience of an economy or region in improving important aspects of business regulation. They offer an insight into regulatory issues faced by policy makers, challenges they had to overcome, and the impact of their initiative.

Media Coverage
Doing Business 2015 generated thousands of media citations globally in the first two weeks after the launch.

Notable articles include:
Doing Business Research Conference
This past February, the World Bank Group convened a research conference titled, Doing Business: Past, Present and Future of Business Regulation at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  The conference was co-sponsored by USAID and the Kauffman Foundation. The conference aimed to bring together academics, World Bank Group staff and development professionals from around the world to discuss the impact of regulatory reform and to guide the Doing Business report project in the years to come.

Speakers and breakout sessions
Conference agenda (PDF, 120KB)

Gender project seeks expert legal contributors
Become a Contributor to Women, Business and the Law: The World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project seeks qualified family lawyers, labor lawyers, judges, academics, gender law experts and human rights experts willing to complete its surveys on a pro bono basis. The project has tracked gender differentiation under the law since 2010 and currently spans 143 economies. Interested persons can email wbl@worldbank.org indicating their area of expertise (family law, labor law, or violence against women) and economy of expertise, or can sign up online. Sample surveys can be found here.

Related Research
  • Doing Business in Central America and the Dominican Republic 2015: Launched on November 17, 2014, the report compares business regulations in 22 cities and 10 ports in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The study focuses on regulations that affect 4 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, and trading across borders. It also includes a gender perspective based on the study of laws and regulations that impose differential treatment for women.
  • Doing Business in Nigeria 2014: Launched on September 29, 2014, the third subnational report of the Doing Business series in Nigeria compares business regulations in 35 states and Abuja, FCT. The report focuses on federal and state regulations that affect 4 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, and enforcing contracts.
  • Doing Business in Mexico 2014:  Launched on May 29, 2014, the fifth subnational report of the Doing Business series in Mexico, compares business regulations in 31 states and Mexico City. The report focuses on federal, state and municipal regulations that affect 4 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, and enforcing contracts.
  • Doing Business in Egypt 2014: Launched on December 8, 2013, the report measures business regulations and their enforcement across 15 locations and 5 ports. The report focuses on regulations that affect 5 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, enforcing contracts and trading across borders.
  • Enterprise Surveys The Enterprise Analysis Unit of the World Bank provides the world's most comprehensive company-level data. Business data are available for 144,511 firms over 141 countries. The Enterprise Surveys team is currently gathering data on 30 countries around the world.

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