Business Dynamics

Market research on business dynamics includes: regulations, operating risks, access to finance, transport and infrastructure, communications and innovation, education and skills, employment and labour costs.
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Economy, Finance and Trade: Malaysia

Mar 2021

Malaysia’s economy contracted over 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supply and demand shocks, and a drop in oil prices. The economy is projected to bounce back over 2021-2022, driven by strong fiscal and monetary support, recovering global demand,...

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Business Dynamics: Sri Lanka

Mar 2021

Sri Lanka ranked low on key business environment indicators in 2020, given a heavy tax burden, burdensome bureaucracy, widespread corruption and skills shortages. Limited access to credit information and high lending rates hinder businesses’ access ...

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Business Dynamics: Chile

Mar 2021

While Chile is considered an average performer by global standards, the country stood as the leader in the Ease of Doing Business Index 2020 and Global Competitiveness Index 2019 rankings in Latin America. The country has a stable macroeconomic ...

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Business Dynamics: Morocco

Mar 2021

While an average performer in a global context, Morocco was among the most attractive economies in Africa in the Ease of Doing Business Index 2020 and Global Competitiveness Index 2019 rankings. The country has a stable regulatory environment, ...

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Business Dynamics: Russia

Mar 2021

Russia’s business environment is improving thanks to numerous deregulatory reforms adopted by the government. The country is strongly investing in infrastructure and ICT adoption, which should strengthen its competitive stance in the region. However,...

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Business Dynamics: Portugal

Feb 2021

Portugal’s ranking has worsened in the Ease of Doing Business Report, yet it still ranks in top half globally in 2020. A relatively heavy tax burden, costly procedures of starting a business and complex access to finance cloud the country’s global ...

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Business Dynamics: Spain

Feb 2021

Spain stood among the top 30 countries in key business and competitiveness indexes in 2020, thanks to excellent trade conditions and advanced transport and ICT infrastructure, with a high rank in the Network Readiness Index. Yet starting a business ...

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Business Dynamics: Singapore

Feb 2021

Singapore held the top spots in all business rankings in 2020, cementing its position as the prime location to do business. Its highly skilled workforce and lax regulatory system are the key advantages for future growth. Meanwhile, investments in ...

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Business Dynamics: Myanmar

Feb 2021

Starting a business in Myanmar became easier in 2020, yet complicated operational procedures continue to hinder the country’s performance in Doing Business. Myanmar’s financial sector is weak, prone to high risks and lack of macroeconomic stability, ...

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Business Dynamics: Romania

Feb 2021

Businesses in Romania face lengthy and expensive procedures for obtaining construction permits and getting electricity as well as relatively high lending rates compared to most regional countries. In addition, Romania suffers from severe brain drain ...

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Business Dynamics: United Arab Emirates

Feb 2021

The United Arab Emirates ranks as one of the best countries to do business in Middle East and Africa. Rapid rate of business sector liberalization, high investments in infrastructure, developed logistics networks and one of the most educated ...

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Business Dynamics: Kenya

Feb 2021

Kenya ranked among the top third of countries in the Ease of Doing Business Index in 2020, thanks to sound legal rights protection and an excellent ranking in the Getting Credit pillar. Despite this, starting and operating a business in the country ...

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Business Dynamics: Bulgaria

Feb 2021

In 2020, Bulgaria’s ranking has worsened given a lack of reforms, while corruption and bureaucracy continue to make starting a business in the country difficult. While the central bank maintains interest rates low to facilitate lending, access to ...

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Business Dynamics: Germany

Feb 2021

Germany stands among the top 25 countries globally in terms of its business environment, yet starting a business remains complex and costly. With a sound judicial system, advanced financial sector and high government integrity, Germany is highly ...

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Business Dynamics: Bangladesh

Feb 2021

Bangladesh stands among the bottom third of countries in business rankings in 2020. The country’s competitiveness is hindered by high corruption rates, as well as slow and costly procedures of dealing with trade documentation and border clearance. ...

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Business Dynamics: Ecuador

Feb 2021

Ecuador ranks low in the Ease of Doing Business Index in 2020, as the country continues to struggle with corruption, lack of transparency and efficiency in its judicial system. The country is also positioned among the bottom-half of performers in the...

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Business Dynamics: South Korea

Feb 2021

South Korea remains one of the most attractive destinations to do business in, thanks to its stable financial sector, great infrastructure, tech-savvy population and skilled workforce. The country also directs significant funds towards increasing its...

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Business Dynamics: Peru

Feb 2021

Peru’s stance in Doing Business 2020 continued to decline, due to an inefficient judicial system, complex procedures for starting a business, paying taxes, and trading. Despite low interest rates in 2020, a weak financial system and low confidence ...

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Business Dynamics: Austria

Feb 2021

Austria remains a favourable place to do business in, thanks to its stable economy, transparent regulatory framework, and highly skilled human capital. Other benefits include well-developed freight and digital infrastructure, relatively competitive ...

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Business Dynamics: Switzerland

Feb 2021

Switzerland continues to rank among leading business environments globally, thanks to its stable economy, transparent judicial system, strong financial sector, competitive taxation, and advanced infrastructure. The country has a highly skilled labour...

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