UNCITRAL, Working Group I

25th session, Vienna, Oct. 2015

Frank Grozel, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Business Facilitation Program|frank.grozel@unctad.org, +41 22 917 55 61

For a majority of small entrepreneurs, business registration still is
a very complicated endeavor

Survey of traders at the Bamako market (Mali)

Survey of traders at the San Salvador market

This explains, at least partly, the high informality rates
in most developing countries

OECD: 2/3 of world working population is informal

ILO, statistics

Reversing the vicious cycle

Since 2005, UNCTAD’s Business Facilitation Program has helped 28 countries clarify their business registration rules.

Procedures are detailed step-by-step, from the user’s point of view.

Business registration processes in 28 countries

Company creation in Guatemala

Company creation in Hanoi (Vietnam)

Comparison dashboard for 7 provinces of Vietnam

Company creation in Tanzania

Lessons learnt: why are business registration procedures complicated?

4 single windows for business registration in operation – 2 more under construction

Basic principles for single windows

El Salvador


Lomas de Zamora (Argentina)


Cameroun (under construction)

Bénin (under construction)

Ger.co: a world index of information portals and single windows
on business registration