The World Bank Ranks Colombia #1 for business in Latin American Countries

Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is
for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to
medium-size business when complying with relevant
regulations. It measures and tracks changes in
regulations affecting 11 areas in the life cycle of a
business: starting a business, dealing with construction
permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting
credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes,
trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving
insolvency and labor market regulation.
In a series of annual reports Doing Business presents
quantitative indicators on business regulations and the
protection of property rights that can be compared
across 189 economies, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe,
over time. The data set covers 47 economies in SubSaharan
Africa, 32 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 25
in East Asia and the Pacific, 26 in Eastern Europe and
Central Asia, 20 in the Middle East and North Africa and
8 in South Asia, as well as 31 OECD high-income
economies. The indicators are used to analyze economic
outcomes and identify what reforms have worked, where
and why.
This regional profile presents the Doing Business
indicators for economies in Latin America and Caribbean
(LAC). It also shows the regional average, the best
performance globally for each indicator and data for the
following comparator regions: Latin America, Caribbean
States, East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), European Union
(EU) and OECD High Income. The data in this report are
current as of June 1, 2014 (except for the paying taxes
indicators, which cover the period January–December
The Doing Business methodology has limitations. Other
areas important to business—such as an economy’s
proximity to large markets, the quality of its
infrastructure services (other than those related to
trading across borders and getting electricity), the
security of property from theft and looting, the
transparency of government procurement,
macroeconomic conditions or the underlying strength of
institutions—are not directly studied by Doing Business.
The indicators refer to a specific type of business,
generally a local limited liability company operating in
the largest business city. Because standard assumptions
are used in the data collection, comparisons and
benchmarks are valid across economies. The data not
only highlight the extent of obstacles to doing business;
they also help identify the source of those obstacles,
supporting policy makers in designing regulatory reform.
More information is available in the full report. Doing
Business 2015 presents the indicators, analyzes their
relationship with economic outcomes and recommends
regulatory reforms. The data, along with information on
ordering the Doing Business 2015 report, are available on
the Doing Business website at



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