Thursday, May 24, 2007

The World Bank Google Maps Mashup: Doing Business Map

The "Doing Business Map": How easy (or difficult) is it to do business in 175 countries?


DoingBusiness.org is a part of The World Bank Group and offers a database to "..provide objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. The Doing Business indicators are comparable across 175 economies. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity, and growth."

To make it easier to browse this database The World Bank Group has created a Google Maps mashup called the "Doing Busiess Map" which creates a map view to the the database they are providing as a service from their website. Here is the description from the map: "..Take a trip around the world to discover how easy (or difficult) it is to do business in 175 countries. Click on green, yellow or red placemarks to learn more about each country." It's a really nice Map with three clearly labeled map markers that indicate the ease or challenge of doing business for the country marked across a number of indicators. They include:
  • Doing Business
  • Starting a Business
  • Dealing with Licenses
  • Employing Workers
  • Registering Property
  • Getting Credit
  • Protecting Investors
  • Paying Taxes
  • Trading Across Borders
  • Enforcing Contracts
  • Closing a Business
Now entrepreneurs and business people all over the world can more easily create business plans and develop their overall business strategy. It is truly a Google Maps mashup that has the potential to change the way the world operates.

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