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About that 'Ease of Doing Business' in NZ Ranking

Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 13 Jul 2022

About that 'Ease of Doing Business' in NZ Ranking
"Ease of doing" business and "being in" business in NZ aren't necessarily the same thing (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Wed, 13 Jul 2022
In the pile-on over National party leader Christopher Luxon’s unfortunate suggestion to foreigners that New Zealand businesses were going “soft”, much has been made by his critics of the country’s top ranking in the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ rankings.Well, bad news. That ranking doesn’t quite say what its boosters think it says.First, and perhaps least importantly, the last time NZ achieved top ranking was in 2019 – three years ago, and published by the World Bank in 2020.Se...

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