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Effective Regulatory Reform

A poor regulatory environment can drastically hold back innovative energies within an economy, provide opportunities for corruption, and hamper economic growth and poverty reduction. In the past decade, regulatory reform has become an important policy priority in many countries and there is a growing body of experience and expertise. This course aims to deepen participants’ understanding of the key elements of successful regulatory reform strategies, approaches, tools and institutions. Through the sharing of experience, the course will also present participants with best practice of how other countries have managed and implemented regulatory reforms. Detailed information can be found on the brochure.

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East Asia-Africa Knowledge Exchange on Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Foreign Direct Investment and Cluster Development 

China, Singapore and Malaysia are among the East Asian countries that have successfully adopted the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) model to enhance foreign direct investments and develop globally competitive industrial clusters. The Chinese experience of Shenzhen has enjoyed phenomenal success, and Malaysian and Singaporean investors have a wealth of experience and are currently developing and managing SEZs within and across borders. In Sub-Saharan Africa, many countries have embarked on SEZ development strategies ranging from industrial zones to more complex growth poles and clusters. A number of these zones are already operational while others are in various stages of planning and implementation

Organized by the Finance and Private Sector Department in the Africa Region (AFTFP) in partnership with the World Bank Institute (WBI), the East Asia and Pacific Region (EAP), and other parts of the World Bank Group and external partners, this experience exchange program will bring together high-level representatives of African governments with Asian counterparts as a platform for knowledge sharing between the two continents. [More...] 


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Featured Publications

Cluster and Innovation

Innovation for Development
Innovation for Development
and the Role of the Government Edited by Qimiao Fan... [& all]

Knowledge, Technology, and Cluster-based Growth in Africa, Edited by Douglas Zhihua Zeng

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Welcome to the Investment Climate Website

WelcomeThe World Bank’s overall development strategy emphasizes two pillars for long-term growth and poverty reduction: improving the investment climate and empowering and investing in people. Improving the investment climate for the private sector is basic to the development of enterprises, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and farms, and the growth of employment opportunities which is crucial for sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. The Investment Climate Capacity Enhancement Program was established in 2003 jointly by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and World Bank Private Sector Development (PSD) Vice Presidency to support the implementation of this corporate priority.


Recent Events

Effective Regulatory Reform: Why, What, and How?
Washington, DC • June 8-12, 2009
Distance Learning Workshop on Innovation and SME Development
Guizhou, Chongqing, Gansu, Guangxi, Xiamen (China) • April 21-23, 2009

Skills training for Investment Promotion
Kabul, Afghanistan • April 12-15, 2009
China, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal
February 25, 2009
Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, China
December 18, 2008
Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan (China)
December 16-18, 2008
Beijing, Guizhou, Chongqing, Guangxi and Qinghai
November 18-20, 2008
The 6th China Investment Climate Forum
Jiangmen, China
November 4, 2008
Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador
October 22, 2008
Distance Learning on Public Service Provision and Reforms of Public Service Units
Guizhou, China
September 9-11, 2008
September 11, 2008

Workshop on Defining Qinghai's Industrial Strategy
Xi'ning, China
June 27, 2008
Chongqing, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou
June 24-26, 2008 

Regional workshop on SME Access to Finance
Shanghai, China
June 16, 2008

Policy Dialogue on Business Climate for SMEs in Central America: Requirements and Facility for the Mobilization of the Goods under CAFTA
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
June 12, 2008
Chongqing, Gansu, Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan
May 25-27, 2008
Beijing, China
May 20-29, 2008
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
January 22, 2008