Benchmarking and Mapping Business Registration Processes in selected ASEAN Member States (AMSs)

[1 December 2015] –  The consortium between Como Consult (Germany) and Economica (Vietnam) was commissioned by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement on Activity under the Private Sector Development Module of the project "Capacity Building for the ASEAN Secretariat". The ASEAN Secretariat and GIZ agreed on the joint implementation of the capacity building project "Capacity Building for the ASEAN Secretariat" commissioned by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the ‘institutional capacity and outreach of the ASEAN Secretariat’. To achieve this objective, capacity building activities, including technical assistance, training courses, dialogue conferences and advisory services, will be implemented in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat in a number of different areas.



The activity implemented by the consortium was to assist in Improving the Regulatory Framework for Starting a Business in ASEAN. The starting point for the activity was the ASEAN SME Policy Index, developed by OECD and ERIA in collaboration with the ASEAN SMEWG and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), which was officially launched in June 2014. The SME Policy Index is meant to serve as (i) an analytical and dynamic tool to review SME policy developments on a number of policy dimension and across countries; (ii) a process by which a group of countries sharing common policy goals agree on to develop a joint framework for monitoring and comparing SME policy developments; and (iii) a framework to exchange experiences and good practices, and foster policy dialogue.  One section of the SME Policy Index is dedicated to the regulations for starting a business. It looks specifically at the (i) issuance of business establishment registration certificate, (ii) the completion of the overall registration process and entry in operations, and (iii) Online access, one-stop-shop for registration, and start-ups. Considerable differences are noted and respective potential to benefit from good practices of other AMSs, particularly for CLMV countries.

To implement the Activity, the Como Consult and Economica Vietnam Consortium reviewed existing information on Business Registration processes in AMSs provided in the ASEAN SME Policy Index and the World Bank’s Doing Business Index. Its experts also conducted field visit to multiple ASEAN member states. The consortium drafted a benchmark that is proposed to the ASEAN SMEWG to be adopted as an orientation / goal for the improvement of Business Registration processes in those AMSs with more time-consuming processes.

The consortium scrutinised the mapping requests and analysed for each requesting AMS the existing information in comparison to perceived or potential information gaps. The Consulting Firm summarised results in mapping reports for each of the selected AMSs.  Recommendations were derived from the mapping how the respective AMS could improve its processes in order to reduce time/cost for business registrations (to be included in the mapping reports). Experts from Como Consult and Economica Vietnam presented the mapping results and recommendations at the workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City from 9 to 11 November 2015.

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