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Singapore most business friendly, Poland ranks #32 in World Bank ranking

Wyślij Print Pobierz added: | 2014-12-03 11:50:33

Singapore most business friendly, Poland ranks #32 in World Bank ranking

Poland ranked #32 in the World Bank „Doing Business 2015” ranking, which analyses and compares the conditions of running a business across 189 countries worldwide. The report has been published since 2004. A year ago, Poland ranked #45, behind the Baltic States, and ahead of the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia.

Among positive developments in Poland, the World Bank enumerated lowering the cost of new electricity connections, amending the law pertinent to transferring ownership of real estate, as well as the construction of a terminal in the Gdansk port, which facilitated international trade. The ease of getting credit (#17 worldwide), and the ease of resolving bankruptcy (#32 worldwide) completed the list of Poland’s best scoring areas.

Poland performed worst in terms of the ease of securing a construction permit (#137) and the ease of paying taxes (#87). The ease of launching economic activity was assessed only slightly better (#85).

This year’s jump in the ranking (from #45 to #32) was mainly a result of a changed methodology: the World Bank changed the way of calculating statistics. Had the current rules been in place last year, Poland would have ranked #30, which effectively means that it slid two spots in the ranking.

“Despite the fact that Poland fell two spots, it still made a small step forward. Three minor reforms were acknowledged by the World Bank. This was a miniscule step, but ahead of us lie reforms, which are most important for entrepreneurs, i.e. the new tax law as well as the new bankruptcy and restructuring law, whose draft was already approved by the government and sent to parliament. The third matter is the new construction code,” Jaroslaw Beldowski, a partner at Sojka law firm, told Polskie Radio broadcaster during the discussion on the findings of the report

Ten most business-friendly economies in the ranking were: Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, South Korea, Norway, as well as the United Kingdom, the USA, Finland, and Australia. The highest number of reforms pertinent to regulation on establishing and running firms was introduced in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Countries which made the biggest improvement in their ranking positions were: Tajikistan, Benin, Togo, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Azerbaijan, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates.

PM Kopacz: still a lot to do

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz declared during the presentation of the report in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister that our country is determined to improve the conditions for business activity.

“We know that in next year’s ranking we will be able to present new achievements,” the PM said. “We have an improving climate for business, the best one among CEE EU countries. It is worth reminding that the “Doing Business” report is an objective measure of the conditions of conducting economic activity and of Poland’s competitiveness. It is objective, because it is not created by the government, the opposition, or the media, but by a renowned international institution that is the World Bank.”

Regulations concerning business are not assessed by public officials, but by entrepreneurs, the PM added.

“A key solution pertinent to business that was not taken into account in this year’s ranking, and which we hope will enter into force soon,. . . are changes to construction law which allow to swiftly secure construction permits for detached houses and other small buildings,” the PM stressed during the report’s presentation. The draft amendment of the construction code has already been submitted to parliament, Kopacz underlined.

Assumptions for Construction Code in Q1 2015

The government has been working on amending the current legal framework pertinent to construction, the one which made Poland rank #137 out of 189 countries worldwide in the area of construction permits.

Near the end of September, the codification committee handed over to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development detailed assumptions for the future Urban Planning and Construction Code, which is supposed to simplify the investment and construction process in Poland.

The head of the committee, professor Zygmunt Niewiadomski, told PAP that the committee wants to strengthen the role of spatial planning in municipalities: they would have the obligation to create area development plans for land plots intended for new developments, but development plans would not be necessary for areas already developed. According to Niewiadomski, an object which is being erected should be consistent with surrounding buildings and not limit investment possibilities of neighbouring plots.

At present municipalities may, but do not have to prepare area development plans. Such an obligation exists only for selected areas, such as health resorts. As a result of construction code changes, the role of the “Municipal Urban Plan” documents, which outline the unit’s spatial planning policy, should increase. These documents will divide a given municipality into three areas: developed area, area for development, and area with limitations on new developments.”


Source: Ministry of Treasury

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