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22-Country Study of Universal Health Coverage

The World Bank has just released a set of 22 case studies of countries that have significantly expanded access to health care in the last decade, with the aim of helping countries make more informed health policy and program choices. Researchers looked systematically at countries’ experiences with a set of parameters related to achieving UHC, …
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Enabling Trade

The World Economic Forum in collaboration with Bain & Company and the World Bank has published the report, “Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities”. The study finds that reducing supply chain barriers can increase global GDP up to 6 times more than removing all import tariffs. Such large increases in GDP would be associated with positive …
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Global Economic Prospects – January 2013

The World Bank has just published the report, “Global Economic Prospects: Assuring Growth over the Medium Term”. According to the study, four years after the onset of the global financial crisis, the world economy remains fragile and growth in high-income countries is weak. Developing countries need to focus on raising the growth potential of their …
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Paying Taxes 2013

A new report from the World Bank, IFC, and PwC finds that governments continue to reform their tax systems despite global economic uncertainty, with 31 economies having taken steps from June last year through May 2012 to make it easier and cost less for small and medium businesses to pay taxes. The “Paying Taxes 2013” …
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Global Financial Development Report 2013

The World Bank has just published the “Global Financial Development Report 2013: Rethinking the Role of the State in Finance.” The study provides a unique contribution to financial sector policy debates, building on novel data, surveys, research, and wide-ranging country experience, with emphasis on emerging-market and developing economies. The report also tracks financial systems in …
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Doing Business in the Arab World 2012

The International Finance Corporation and the World Bank have just published the report, “Doing Business in the Arab World 2012.” According to the study, 13 of 20 economies in the Arab world adopted a total of 20 business regulatory reforms to create opportunity for domestic entrepreneurs. The majority of the reforms, captured from June 2010 …
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Doing Business in the East African Community 2012

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank (WB) have just published the report “Doing Business in the East African Community 2012.” According to the study, 2010/11 saw improvements to the business environment in all five economies of the East African Community (EAC): Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The EAC saw its five …
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China 2030

The World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council have just published the report “China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative High-Income Society.” The study lays out the case for a new development strategy for China to rebalance the role of government and market, private sector and society, to reach the …
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Why Europe Isn’t Growing?

The World Bank has just published a new report, “Golden Growth: Restoring the Lustre of the European Economic Model.” The European growth model has been an engine for economic convergence during the past few decades and has delivered prosperity to hundreds of millions of people in the continent. The study looks at long-term growth in …
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China’s Financial Sector Evaluated by IMF

The IMF, jointly with the World Bank, has just published its first Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) review of China. The country’s financial system is robust overall, but faces a steady build-up in vulnerabilities. The IMF calls for further reforms to support financial stability and encourage strong and balanced growth. According to the FSAP report, …
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