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The second Sub National Doing Business Survey – Doing Business SA II 2018 – kicked off this week with an inception meeting on the 16th of November 2017, recognising that business regulatory reform is a key element of overall city's investment climate and that metropolitan government have a critical role in economic development.
The study benchmarks improvements in the business regulation environment across 9 cities (Buffalo City, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Msunduzi, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane) and 4 maritime ports (Cape Town, Durban, Ngqura and Port Elizabeth) previously measured in Doing Business in South Africa 2015. The second study will update the data for these locations across 5 regulatory areas—dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, enforcing contracts and trading across borders—governed by local jurisdiction and/or local implementation of national regulations.
The inception meeting drew significant interest with participation from all cities, as well as partners from National Treasury, the dti's Invest SA, the South African Cities Network, SECO as the main funder of the SNDB survey, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the World Bank. The study will be undertaken in the last quarter of 2017 into 2018 with the results published in September 2018.