Doing Business for Turkey: Business environment improved in absolute terms, as the country narrowed the distance to the frontier of best practice

October 29, 2014

In the new WBG Doing Business Ease of Doing Business ranking, Turkey is ranked 55th in 2015, down from 51st in 2014 showing that Competition is fierce1

Washington, D.C., October 29, 2014—A new World Bank Group report finds that 85 percent of economies in Europe and Central Asia implemented at least one regulatory reform aimed at making it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business in 2013/14, a larger percentage than in any other region.

Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency shows that in the past year, economies in Europe and Central Asia further improved the regulatory environment for local entrepreneurs, adding to the gains recorded in the past decade. For example, 10 years ago, starting a new business took a Macedonian entrepreneur 48 days. Today, the process can be completed in 2 days.

Economies in Europe and Central Asia have consistently led the world in the pace of regulatory reform,” said Rita Ramalho, Doing Business report lead author, World Bank Group. “Governments’ commitment to improving the regulatory environment for entrepreneurs has allowed them to close the gap with the top performers in some areas. For example, the average time to register property in the region has fallen by 14 days since 2010, making the process faster than in OECD high-income economies.”

The report finds that Tajikistan made the biggest improvement worldwide in business regulations in 2013/14. Tajikistan improved access to credit information by initiating credit scores, streamlined the process for starting a business, made dealing with construction permits less costly, and introduced an electronic system for paying corporate taxes. Azerbaijan is also among the 10 top improvers worldwide, thanks to reforms in starting a business, registering property, and paying taxes.

As the regulatory framework for entrepreneurs continues to improve, challenges persist across the region’s economies, emphasizing the need for further regulatory reforms. This is particularly so in such areas as construction permitting, getting electricity, and trading across borders, all areas in which the region’s economies are in the bottom half of the global ranking on average.

This year, for the first time, Doing Business collected data for a second city in the 11 economies with a population of more than 100 million. In the Russian Federation, the report now analyzes business regulations in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. Differences between cities are common in indicators measuring the steps, time, and cost to complete regulatory transactions where local agencies play a larger role, finds the report.

The report this year expands the data for three of the 10 topics covered, and there are plans to do so for five more topics next year. In addition, the ease of doing business ranking is now based on the distance to frontier score. This measure shows how close each economy is to global best practices in business regulation. A higher score indicates a more efficient business environment and stronger legal institutions.

“With the change in the methodology Turkey is ranked 55 among 189 countries in this year’s ranking, slightly down from 51 last year, but considerably better than the 69 rank achieved in 2014 using the old methodology. Turkey increased minimum capital requirements in 2013 which explains the worsening relative position this year.  With a rank of 55 this year and a percentile distance to the frontier averaging around 30% Turkey scores largely as expected for an upper Middle Income Country. To compete with the best more reforms are needed as envisaged in the 10th national development plan” said Martin Raiser, Country Director for Turkey.

The report finds that Singapore tops the global ranking on the ease of doing business. Joining it on the list of the top 10 economies with the most business-friendly regulatory environments are New Zealand; Hong Kong SAR, China; Denmark; the Republic of Korea; Norway; the United States; the United Kingdom; Finland; and Australia.

About the Doing Business report series

The annual World Bank Group flagship Doing Business report analyzes regulations that apply to an economy’s businesses during their life cycle, including start-up and operations, trading across borders, paying taxes, and resolving insolvency. The aggregate ease of doing business rankings are based on the distance to frontier scores for 10 topics and cover 189 economies. Doing Business does not measure all aspects of the business environment that matter to firms and investors. For example, it does not measure the quality of fiscal management, other aspects of macroeconomic stability, the level of skills in the labor force, or the resilience of financial systems. Its findings have stimulated policy debates worldwide and enabled a growing body of research on how firm-level regulation relates to economic outcomes across economies. Each year the report team works to improve the methodology and to enhance their data collection, analysis and output. The project has benefited from feedback from many stakeholders over the years. With a key goal to provide an objective basis for understanding and improving the local regulatory environment for business around the world, the project goes through rigorous reviews to ensure its quality and effectiveness. This year’s report marks the 12th edition of the global Doing Business report series. For more information about the Doing Business reports, please visit and join us on

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1 In the old methodology Turkey had ranked 69th in the 2014 Ease of Doing Business report. Using the new methodology with 2014 data, Turkey is ranked in the 51st place. On the distance to frontier metric, Turkey’s DTF score went up from 68.39 last year to 68.66 this year.

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