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Croatia: Enhancing Small and Medium Size Enterprise Performance

Jacobs, Cordova & Associates assisted the Croatian government (as part of a joint USAID/World Bank (FIAS) project headed by DAI) to quickly modernize the regulations governing business activity using the Regulatory GuillotineTM approach. Around 1,500 regulations were reviewed in nine months by a special taskforce called HITROREZ, 26% of regulations were eliminated as unneeded for Croatia’s current economy, and 28% were simplified. The results were announced by Prime Minister Ivo Sanader in June 2006. The evaluation by the IFC showed that Croatian businesses were enjoying cost savings of US 65.6 million/year or 0.13% of GDP, for the reforms actually implemented.

Croatia, USAID under contract to DAI, 2006-2008.