10 September 2008
NZ second-best country in world for "doing business"
Minister for Small Business Clayton Cosgrove announced yesterday New Zealand has remained the second best country in the world for ease of doing business and the top APEC member, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2009 survey.
Since the survey began, New Zealand has consistently ranked either one or two by the World Bank. The survey takes into account how much of an effect government regulations have on businesses within 178 economies world-wide. Mr Cosgrove said the results were testament to the Government’s attempts at keeping business processes simple and efficient.
"We have worked hard to minimise the amount of time business people spend on paperwork so they can focus on their businesses. Today’s number two ranking is an endorsement that our approach is working, and that this country is one of the most business friendly in the world," he said.
New Zealand also jumped from third to first place for ease of starting a business.
"The average number of days to start a business in the OECD is 13.4 days while in New Zealand it takes approximately one hour. This is thanks to the cooperation between the Companies Office and Inland Revenue which means new businesses can be given their GST number at the same time as incorporating their company online - a major time saver for small businesses."
The Minister also pointed out that the tax on businesses is much less than their Australian counterparts and the OECD average; in Australia the total tax rate as a percentage of the profits is 50.3 per cent, which is 14.7 per cent higher than New Zealand businesses.
The New Zealand Government is recruiting overseas entrepreneurs, investors and business owners to move to the country and contribute to economic growth. The New Zealand Business Visa category allows people such as these to apply for permanent business residence visas or temporary entry visas. Temporary entry visas can lead to residence after several years of working in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.
Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.