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Subnational Doing Business in Poland

The World Bank has been measuring the costs to firms of business regulations in countries around the world each year since 2003. The survey, Doing Business, looks at factors such as ease of setting up a company, paying taxes, obtaining planning permission etc.

Poland has been advancing up the ranking, but is still some way behind the global leaders. One drawback of Doing Business is that it only compares capital cities. Now, for the first time, using similar methodology, the World Bank has conducted a survey of 17 Polish cities, looking at four of the ten criteria used for the global Doing Business ranking. The first sub-national Doing Business report for Poland shows big disparities between the best- and worst-performing cities. For example, while it takes nine days to register a limited liability company in Poznań, it takes a staggering 42 days to do the same in Szczecin.

If all cities were to perform as well as the best in each category, Poland's global ranking would jump from 32nd to 24th place. This shows there's a huge incentive for Polish cities to raise their game and share best practice among one another.

The BPCC's Tax and Finance Reform policy group will be holding a meeting with the World Bank to discuss the findings of the Poland sub-national report. This will be a chance for BPCC members to discover which cities are most business-friendly, and more importantly, to discuss what can be done to enhance the performance of laggards and leaders alike.

Speakers from the World Bank, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Bank BGK and some Polish cities will be on hand to discuss the results.


9:30 Registration

10:00- 10:15 Welcome
Marcin Piątkowski, Senior Economist, The World Bank
Slawomir Majman – President, Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency

10:15- 10:35 Subnational Doing Business in Poland – presentation of the report
Madalina Papahagi - Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Global Indicators Group

10:35- 10:45 Bydgoszcz – gold medal for ease of doing business in Poland
Rafal Bruski, Mayor of Bydgoszcz

10:45- 11:20 Panel discussion

Moderator: Sławomir Majman, President, Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (tbc)
Madalina Papahagi - Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Global Indicators Group
Rafal Bruski, Mayor of Bydgoszcz (tbc)
Piotr Grzymowicz, Mayor of Olsztyn (tbc)
Representative of Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (tbc)
Representative of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (tbc)

11:20 Closing remarks, informal meetings


The meeting will be conducted in English; participation for registered delegates is free of charge.

Policy Groups
2015-09-22, 10:00 am (this event is in the past)

Venue World Bank, Warsaw Financial Center, ul. Emilii Plater 53 (9th floor), Warszawa
Organiser British Polish Chamber of Commerce

Keywords: world, bank

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