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“We have a strategic task of entering the top 20, but no for the sake of the figure, but just to allow normal work and normal business climate in the country, this is the key goal,” Medvedev told a meeting on implementing road maps of the national entrepreneurship initiative.
Russia rose by 30 positions in a new Doing Business ranking of the World Bank (WB) released in late October, taking the 62nd place, between Greece (61) and Moldova (63). In last year’s Doing Business ranking, Russia was 92nd between Barbados and Serbia. In 2010, Russia occupied the 124th place, and in 2011 - the 120th place in the ranking.
“In fact, we have improved our figures twofold,” Medvedev stressed.
The prime minister said not only the state but also the business community sees the changes taking place following implementation of road maps of the national entrepreneurship initiative.Despite the fact that all the rankings are relative and their methodology is different, “the step forward is evident, and this is a move in the right direction,” Medvedev said.
The ranking, which assesses the comfort of doing business in 189 countries, said starting business in Russia is easier today than a year ago as the country has reduced administrative burdens for business start-ups.
The top 20 countries for doing business are Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, South Korea, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, Finland, Australia, Sweden, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Georgia, Canada, Estonia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Switzerland.