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Webinar on Doing Business 2016
Webinar on Doing Business 2016
December 9, 2015Washington, D.C.

This year’s Doing Business report continues a two-year process of introducing improvements in 8 of 10 Doing Business indicator sets—to complement the emphasis on the efficiency of regulation with a greater focus on its quality. The report updates all indicators as of June 1, 2015, ranks economies on their overall “ease of doing business,” and analyzes reforms to business regulation – identifying which economies are strengthening their business environment the most.
  • Topic: Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency

Doing Business 2016 is the thirteenth in a series of annual World Bank Group reports that compare business regulation in 189 economies. The report focuses on regulations that affect domestic small and medium-size enterprises, across 10 areas of business activities: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. Doing Business also measures labor market regulation which is not included in any of the aggregate measures.

This year’s Doing Business report continues a two-year process of introducing improvements in 8 of 10 Doing Business indicator sets—to complement the emphasis on the efficiency of regulation with a greater focus on its quality. The report updates all indicators as of June 1, 2015, ranks economies on their overall “ease of doing business,” and analyzes reforms to business regulation – identifying which economies are strengthening their business environment the most.

Hulya Ulku,
Senior Economist
Global Indicators Group Development Economics, World Bank Group

Hulya Ulku is a Senior Economist in the Doing Business Unit of the Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group.

Prior to joining the Unit in March 2013, she worked as a Lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Manchester for nine years, where she directed the Development Economics and Policy Master’s Program and taught International Trade and Macroeconomics courses to graduate students. Hulya has published extensively on innovation and economic growth in developing and developed countries, and developmental potentials of remittances and international aid. Her main research interest focuses on the determinants of innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries and their impact on economic development.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Finance from Gazi University, two Master’s Degrees in Economics and International Economics from Northeastern and Brandeis Universities, and a Ph.D. Degree in Economics from Brandeis University.

Valentina Saltane,
Private Sector Development Specialist
Global Indicators Group, Development Economics, World Bank Group

Valentina Saltane is a private sector development specialist at the Doing Business project in the World Bank Group, where she leads the research team for the trading across borders indicators and is a coauthor of the Doing Business 2011-15 reports. In addition, she manages parts of the data analysis function. Doing Business publications cover global trends in business regulation over time and in the context of the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Ms. Saltane has also coauthored three Access to Finance reports.

Before joining the World Bank Group in 2006, Ms. Saltane held the position of research analyst at the Law and Economic Consulting Group (LECG). She has also worked for the World Resources Institute as a program coordinator.

Ms. Saltane has presented report findings to the governments of Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Thailand. She has lived and worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States. Ms. Saltane speaks Latvian, Russian, and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.

Ms. Saltane holds a master of public administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), Cornell University.