Have your say: World Bank says NZ 3rd best country for doing business, but English says room for improvement

World Bank says NZ 3rd best country for doing business, but Bill English sees room for improvement. Your view?

A report from the World Bank on the ease of doing business in countries confirms New Zealand's reputation as a quality investment and business destination, and a country that promotes business confidence, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

New Zealand maintained third place in the World Bank's Doing Business 2011 report, behind first placed Singapore, then Hong Kong, in a list of 183 countries.

However, English and Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide said there was still room for improvement.

"This Government is committed to increasing productivity by removing superfluous regulation that grew unchecked though much of the past decade," Hide said.

"Creating better regulatory conditions lifts business confidence, which in turn flows through to investment and jobs."

Your view? Is the government's current policy track the right one? What should government be focussing on?

Here is the release from English and Hide:

New Zealand has maintained third place in the World Bank’s Doing Business survey, confirming its reputation as one of the best countries in which to do business, say Finance Minister Bill English and Minister for Regulatory Reform Rodney Hide.

Singapore was again ranked first and Hong Kong was runner-up in Doing Business 2011, which ranks countries from one to 183.

“This report confirms our reputation as a quality investment and business destination, and a country that promotes business confidence,” Mr English says.

“Across most of the nine indicators New Zealand compares very well internationally, which reflects the quality of our regulatory frameworks and the Government’s economic policies.

"However we believe there is still room for improvement. That is why we are continuing reviews of major regulation, which are aimed at cutting red tape and creating an environment where business can thrive," Mr English says.

Mr Hide said the World Bank report highlighted the fact that onerous or poor regulation deterred investment and stifled growth.

"This Government is committed to increasing productivity by removing superfluous regulation that grew unchecked though much of the past decade," Mr Hide says.

"Creating better regulatory conditions lifts business confidence, which in turn flows through to investment and jobs.

"Having a simple and transparent regulatory environment also helps attract international investment and we need to ensure New Zealand remains globally competitive," Mr Hide says.

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10 Comments

only 3rd, i thought we were 1st?  or is that just for setting up shell comapnies for gun runners???

How do you know?

Damn fine question...  

Seems that Sore Loser has only racked up 30+ years of meaningless rambling and blatant OVERUSE of capitals....

What a tool.

Yes, Sore-Loser makes a strong case in favour of a capital use tax.

:-)

Youse guys is just jealous of Sore-Loser's stunning mangling of the English languish , and his elevation to Poet Laureate of Hickeyville !

Hey , how did NZ get 3'rd spot , but Chad only got 183'rd ?  Some silly fecker must've got them mixed up . 180 spots ahead of Chad .............. Get real !

What on EARTH are YOU going on ABOUT Sore-loser?  I think it is TIME for your MEDICATION.

Third.  Isn't it nice to know people like us!

Ablotusley great !

The shady OS operators watching the NZ press would come to the conclusion its the easiest place to make a quick buck without much risk of apprehension. No FBI, no handcuffs, no perp-walk. Rank it number 1. Its the place to be. Plenty of willing lemmings.

They asked Mr Bryers how good it is (was), I presume