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projectcyclelogosmTo understand how the World Bank's financing of projects in developing countries leads to business opportunities for suppliers of goods, services, and know-how, it is advisable to study the World Bank "project cycle".


Other useful links are indicated in the "Business Links" box.


Firms wishing to bid on contracts for goods, services, and civil works financed by World Bank project lending and awarded by borrowing governments can obtain in-depth information on the policies and procedures governing such procurement from the World Bank's Procurement pages. Procurement under World Bank-financed projects results in the award of approximately 40-50,000 contracts (total value of about $50 billion); about 10,000 are subject to prior review (total value of about $10 billion). The World Bank's database of Contract Awards includes a list of contracts awarded to Canadian firms.

For Canadian Investors… and “Doing Business” in Canada

The  Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network is a network of local contact persons who facilitate SME access to the World Bank Group (WBG) products and services and interaction between the WBG and the private sector. (To read more about PSLO networks, click here.)


Canadian investors interested in buying World Bank-backed securities should visit the World Bank Treasury Department's Debt Securities page, while investors seeking opportunities for investment in plants and other facilities in developing countries can consult the Investment Promotion Network operated by MIGA.


The "Doing Business" database provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. These indicators are comparable across 145 economies and indicate the regulatory costs of business. The indicators can be used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity and growth. Access the Doing Business website. To learn about the "Doing Business" review of Canada, click here.


Other Quick Links

  • International Finance Corporation (IFC): IFC finances private sector projects in the developing world, helps private companies in the developing countries mobilize financing in international financial markets and provides advice and technical assistance to business and governments.
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA): MIGA offers political risk insurance (guarantees) to investors and lenders to help developing countries attract and retain private investement.
  • Development Gateway Market (dgMarket): dgMarket provides a global online marketplace, publishing tender notices for projects funded by several development banks, including the World Bank.
  • UN Development Business (UNDB): UNDB provides information on business opportunities generated through the World Bank, regional development banks and other development agencies.
  • Corporate Procurement: This vendor kiosk makes the Bank's e-procurement tools available to its vendors and provides answers to business related questions such as, What does the World Bank buy? and What are the bidding opportunities?

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