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Podcast January 30, 2020

The Best – and Worst – Places to Start a Business Around the World

It's one of the most anticipated – and closely watched – reports in the world of entrepreneurship. Each year, the World Bank's Doing Business team analyzes and ranks – literally, like football standings – the world's economies for how easy (or hard) they make it to start a business. In this inaugural episode of The Development Podcast we go inside the report, revealing just where you'll have the easiest time launching your next venture – and which countries could be the next global startup hub. We also get the view from Togo – the tiny West African country that is making big reforms to boost its business sector. Finally, Rita Ramalho, the woman in charge of ranking the world's most business-friendly economies, walks us through the report – how it's compiled, what's going on in China, and why not a single Latin American country is in the list of top 50 best places for business. Editor's note: Elements of this program that discuss the Chinese economy were recorded before a recent outbreak of a coronavirus in the country.