Marking its 15th anniversary, the World Bank Group’s Doing Business report notes that 3,188 business reforms have been carried out since it began monitoring the ease of doing business around the world.
Despite most regions seeing falls over the last fifteen years, smoking remains popular in many countries, especially among men. Nearly half of men in East Asia & Pacific smoke, as do more than a third in Europe & Central Asia. Women smoke less than men in all regions. Read More.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) accounts for more than 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions globally, but only 12% of emissions are currently covered by explicit carbon prices. The High Level Panel on Carbon Pricing has called on the international community to double this figure to 25% by 2020 and increase it again to 50% within a decade. Read More.
Over the last 15 years, the Doing Business project has recorded nearly 3,200 reforms in 186 economies around the world. The area that's seen the greatest number of reforms is starting a business. Today, the time taken to start a new small or medium business has less than halved to an average of 20 days worldwide, compared with 52 in 2003. Read More.
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