The best and worst places to do business

“As a place to do business,” writes Vincent Boland in the Financial Times, Italy, according to the World Bank Doing Business Rankings, “comes 78th, between Panama and the Pacific Island of Kiribati.” Mediocrity may be embarrassing for the world’s seventh largest economy, but from the perspective of Kiribati, one of the world’s smallest economies, it’s a glass just waiting to be half-filled.

So how did the USA – the world’s largest economy – rank compared to the best and worst out of 183 countries studied?

Categories

USA

Best

Worst

Ease of Doing Business

4

Singapore

Central African Republic

Starting a Business

8

New Zealand

Guinea-Bissau

Dealing with Construction Permits

25

Hong Kong

Eritrea

Employing Workers

1

Bolivia

Registering Property

12

Saudi Arabia

Multiple*

Getting Credit

4

Malaysia

Palau

Protecting Investors

5

New Zealand

Afghanistan

Paying Taxes

61

Maldives

Belarus

Trading Across Borders

18

Singapore

Afghanistan

Enforcing Contracts

8

Luxembourg

Timor Leste

Closing a Business

15

Japan

Multiple**

*Brunai, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Timor-Leste

**Afghanistan, Albania, Bhutan, Borundi, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Mozambique, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, West Bank and Gaza.

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