The current corporate publications that are World Bank Group flagships are: World Development Report (WDR); Global Economic Prospects (GEP), Doing Business (DB), and Poverty and Shared Prosperity (PSP). All go through a formal Bank-wide review and are discussed with the Board prior to their release. In terms of branding, the phrase “A World Bank Group Flagship Report” will be used exclusively on the cover of these publications. This label will signal that the institution assumes a higher level of responsibility for the positions held by these reports. The flagship Global Monitoring Report (GMR) is no longer produced. The flagship Doing Business is no longer produced.
(Washington, DC, 2006)
World Bank; International Finance Corporation
Doing Business in 2006: Creating Jobs is
the third in a series of annual reports investigating the
regulations that enhance business activity and those that
constrain it. New quantitative indicators on business
regulations and their enforcement can be compared across 155
countries-from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe-and over time. Doing
Business in 2004: Understanding Regulation presented
indicators in 5 topics: starting a business, hiring and
firing workers, enforcing contracts, getting credit and
closing a business. Doing Business in 2005: Removing
Obstacles to Growth updated these measures and added another
two sets: registering property and protecting investors.
Doing Business in 2006 again up-dates all previous measures
and adds three more sets: dealing with licenses, paying
taxes and trading across borders, to create a total of 10
areas measured. The indicators are used to analyze economic
outcomes and identify what reforms have worked, where, and why.