The Best Countries For Business 2015

Looking for a land of opportunity? The Old World beckons. Despite a sluggish economy, Europe dominates the top of FORBES’ annual ranking of the finest countries for capitalism—with Scandinavia as a particular stand-out. European countries represent two-thirds of the top 25 with Denmark repeating in the lead position of the Best Countries for Business.

The picture isn’t as bright for the U.S., which slides four spots to No. 22. It continues a six-year descent since 2009 when the U.S. ranked second overall. The U.S. is the financial capital of the world and its largest economy at $17.4 trillion (China is second at $10.4 trillion), but it scores poorly on monetary freedom and bureaucracy/red tape. More than 150 new major regulations have been added since 2009 at a cost of $70 billion, according to the Heritage Foundation.

The drop this year by the U.S. can be blamed on a couple of factors. Its rating fell relative to other countries on the World Bank’s measure of investor protection, which is part of the international financial institution’s annual “Doing Business” study. Blame poor scores on the “extent of shareholder governance.” The U.S. also got dinged on the World Banks’ tax component, as well as technological readiness per the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competiveness Report.”

Ref : http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2015/12/16/the-best-countrie...

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INDOCHINA MARKET INSIGHTS provide effective services and solutions to companies wishing to invest or who are already operating in Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We work on behalf of your company, providing vital guidance so you can enter the market with confidence and prosper in this region - the Indochina markets.

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The principal, Mikael Knudsen, has 35 years of International business experience working in developing countries, including 20 years in Indochina markets with International companies.

He has lived and worked in Vietnam and Myanmar since 1994. He graduated with a Masters Degree from CBS and a MBA from SFSU.

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