Venice, Italy, February 16, 2009—A
new report from IFC and the World Bank finds that Padua, a city in Italy’s
Veneto region, is creating more opportunity for local businesses through
regulatory reforms that help boost competitiveness and set standards for
Doing Business in Veneto 2009 is the
first report to examine the performance of Padua based on the Doing Business
indicators and compares the regulatory environment of the city to Rome
and 180 other economies globally. The report ranks Padua at 67, ahead
of Rome, which ranks 68.
“Better business regulations give firms
more opportunities to grow and create jobs,” said Michael Klein, World
Bank/IFC Vice President for Financial and Private Sector Development and
Chief Economist for IFC. “Publishing comparative data on the ease of doing
business among cities within a country inspires governments, and it’s
a strong driver for reform.”
The report finds that business regulations
vary across locations in Italy because of different local practices and
efficiencies in the local branches of national institutions. For example,
starting a business or registering property in Padua is faster and slightly
cheaper than in Rome, as is importing or exporting. Obtaining construction
permits is also cheaper in Padua, but takes longer than it does in Rome.
Also, courts take significantly less time to resolve commercial disputes
in Rome than in Padua.
“The Veneto Region believes firmly
in the importance of international comparisons to keep growing and improving
steadily," said Vendemiano Sartor, Veneto's Regional Government Councillor
for Economy, Development, Research, and Innovation. "Our belief is
confirmed by the history of Venice and by the recent economic past, which
places Veneto among the most advanced and internationalized European regions."
When compared with the average European
Union member, Padua performs better in starting a business, employing workers,
protecting investors, and closing a business, but it lags behind in paying
taxes or enforcing contracts.
The report was requested by the Veneto
regional government and prepared with support of the Research Center of
the Unioncamere del Veneto. It is accessible online at www.doingbusiness.org/veneto.
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About the Doing Business Project
The Doing Business project ranks 181
economies based on 10 indicators of business regulation that record the
time and cost to meet government requirements in starting and operating
a business, trading across borders, paying taxes, and closing a business.
The rankings do not reflect such areas as macroeconomic policy, quality
of infrastructure, currency volatility, investor perceptions, or crime
rates. For more information, visit www.doingbusiness.org.