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It is easier to start a business in Afghanistan than in the UK

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It is easier to start a business in Afghanistan than in the UK

paperworkAccording to a recent report by the World Bank, it is easier to start a business in Afghanistan than in the UK.

In Afghanistan it takes just 5 days to start a company, while in the UK it takes as many as 12 days, dropping the country to 28th rank, as per the Doing Business 2014- Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises report.

Afghanistan made starting a business easier by reducing the time and cost to obtain a business license and by eliminating the inspection of the premises of newly registered companies. In addition, it strengthened its secured transactions system by implementing a unified collateral registry.

The report finds that six of eight economies in South Asia completed reforms simplifying business start-up, strengthening access to credit, or easing the process for paying taxes—11 reforms in total. Indeed, in 2012/13 South Asia led the world in the share of economies implementing business regulatory reforms.

The report’s global annual ranking on the ease of doing business puts Singapore in the top slot. Joining it on the list of the top 10 economies with the most business-friendly regulations are Hong Kong SAR, China; New Zealand; the United States; Denmark; Malaysia; the Republic of Korea; Georgia; Norway; and the United Kingdom.



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  1. Mike
    Mike 2 November, 2013, 10:19

    Ha ha what a bogus article – attention grabber at best, might be easier to start up a mom and pop business here or a company (as long as you have extra funds for the bribes), but try keeping that business going with the fractured ministries and corrupt officials once your business starts generating revenue. What a sham article comparing a western business environment with Afghanistan. Take this from someone who works here.

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