ECONOMY, MARKETS & INVESTING | Staff Reporter, Singapore

New Zealand beats Singapore in ease of doing business rankings

Singapore can improve by making property registration and electricity application easier.

Singapore clinched the second spot in the ease of doing business rankings by the World Bank where it scored 85.24. It lagged behind New Zealand which bagged the first place with the score a score of 86.59.

The report noted that the top three economies in the rankings which are New Zealand, Singapore, and Denmark have imposed a well-designed business regulation and have exemplified a ‘business-friendly’ environment.

 According to the study, Singapore ranked third in starting a business. They mentioned that Singapore made starting businesses easier by abolishing corporate seals and its practice of simplified post-registration procedures such as tax registration, social security registration, and licensing.

In terms of easing up contract enforcement, the report noted that Singapore expanded the alternative dispute resolution framework alongside other countries such as Turkey and Senegal.

“In other economies, including Brunei Darussalam and Singapore, the utility is responsible for issuing certifications,” the report also explained. “Such cases are usually confined to smaller economies where the utility is vertically integrated and has broad national coverage.”

In terms of regulatory performance, Singapore alongside Canada where deemed to have the best performance as their total tax and contribution rates hit 26.1%

The Lion City also placed in the top 10 for dealing with construction permits where it scored 84.73 (8th), protecting minority investors where it scored 80 (7th), and paying taxes (8th) where it scored 91.58.

Meanwhile, the Lion City may still need to work on getting electricity (16th) where it scored 91.33, registering property (21st) where it scored 83.14, and getting credit (32nd) where it scored 75.

First placer New Zealand ranked first in areas such as starting a business (99.98), registering property (94.89), and getting credit where it got a perfect score.

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