Doing Business Guides

Setting up and operating a business overseas is full of challenges, especially if you are doing it in a country that is new to you.

The Doing Business series of reports is published annually by The World Bank, especially for the guidance of those interested in doing business overseas. It is intended to answer some of the important, broad questions that may arise.

Russell Bedford International has been a 'global partner' in the World Bank's Doing Business annual projects since 2009, with Russell Bedford member firms contributing data on tax regulation, compliance and the real tax burden on businesses and entrepreneurs.

The following reports* provide information which is current as of 1 June 2017, except for the Paying Taxes indicators, which cover the period January-December 2016.

National Reports

National Doing Business reports shed light on how easy or difficult it is for an entrepreneur to open and run a business when complying with relevant regulations. They measure and track changes in regulations affecting 11 areas in the life cycle of a business, including: starting a business, registering property, getting credit, paying taxes and trading across borders.

Regional Reports

Regional Doing Business reports capture differences in business regulations and their enforcement across countries in a single region.

Global Reports

  • Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies. This year's edition finds that entrepreneurs in 119 economies saw improvements in their local regulatory framework last year. Between June 2016 and June 2017, the report, documented 264 business reforms. Reforms reducing the complexity and cost of regulatory processes in the area of starting a business and getting credit were the most common in 2016/17. The next most common reforms were in the area of trading across borders.