About

Business Facilitation

UNCTAD started its business facilitation program in 2005 to help governments improve the enabling environment for business by streamlining administrative processes and mobilizing technology. Since then the business facilitation team has built administrative websites in over 28 countries. It has developed a methodology for simplification (eSimplification) and world-class web platforms that describe administrative processes (eRegulations), allow simultaneous online registrations with several agencies (eRegistrations), and facilitate trade (Trade Portal). These Tools and ongoing systems development and research are funded by governments and donors.

 

Websites

U.S. Investment Climate Statement (see section 8 on transparency of the regulatory system; reports available on more than 170 countries)
Sustainable Development Goal 8, Target 8.3 "encourage the formalization and growth of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.."
UNCTAD formalize the informal sector (Business Facilitation Programs in more than 25 countries, results, research and videos)
Women are three times more likely than men to be working in the informal economy. Formalization is the first step toward accessing financial services.
The 2014 corruption perceptions index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 175 countries and territories.
OECD - Is Informal Normal? Messages,figures and data Nearly two-thirds of the world’s 3 billion workers are informally employed.2009, March

eRegulations

Trade Portal - en

Trade Portal - fr

GER

September

2015

Let's keep things simple. UNCTAD's Frank Grozel explains why laws and regulations don't have to be complicated.
Vietnam is ranked among the best countries in ger.co thanks to the eRegulations system.
U.S. Investment Climate Statements (see section 8 on transparency of the regulatory system; reports available on more than 170 countries)
Go Green by 2019 - Make registration easy everywhere by 2019

April

2015

New Business Registration Portal Goes Global: Registering businesses is essential to economic growth and good governance.
Ten Guiding Principles to encourage Foreign Direct Investment: Principle 7 is “Remove red tape (minimize bureaucracy).”
Improving the Investment Climate – a Roadmap for Governments: Simple, online processes improve the investment climate.
See page 24-25
White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism identified GER.co as a community-led solution to address extremism by facilitating economic opportunity through entrepreneurship, and good governance. See bullet 9

October

2014

UNCTAD press release: Global Enterprise Registration portal launched during World Investment Forum.
Launch of GER.co: GEW and UNCTAD partner to ease startup registrations.
2016,

February

- APEC
2016,

January

- OECD
2015,

November

- ILO
2015,

October

- UNCITRAL
2015,

October

- ANDI