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This webinar originally aired on January 11th, 2018

Ease of doing business leads to ease of life. In 2016, Atlas Network partner INESS in Slovakia has achieved several major successes in eliminating barriers to doing business. Its research and advocacy has played a key role in reducing the number of procedures to start a business from 7 to 6, reducing the number of tax payments from 20 to 8 and lowering the minimum capital requirement for starting a business to zero. Currently, the organization is working closely with relevant stakeholders on simplifying Social Insurance Agency procedures and canceling tax licenses.

Join Richard Durana this January to learn about best practices in reforming business policies. You will learn from this webinar:

• Models that you can replicate in reforming your country’s business policies
• Tactics INESS used in achieving their policy success
• Best practices in using indices to support your research and advocacy

In 2015, Atlas Network challenged 15 think tanks to take on a brave task: develop policy reforms that will increase your country's ranking in a key index in three years. We call this the LIFE Project. Now in year three of this project, think tanks are showing the impact of their efforts, and we'd like to share some of their success stories with you, in order to inspire your think tank to do great things, and to learn from successful policy reforms. This is the fourth in a series of webinars designed to share successful stories of reform with Atlas Network partners.

Dr. Richard Durana is a co-founder and director of INESS – Institute of Economic and Social Studies, a leading Slovak economic think tank. He has published numerous articles published in Slovak and foreign newspapers, magazines and books and he has appeared frequently in broadcast media. He is a co-author of several books and studies and he is a frequent speaker at various domestic and international conferences and lecturer at international forums and local events. Fields of his professional interest include public finance, economic and social policy, and entrepreneurial environment, effects of regulation, labor market, and intellectual property rights.

Richard holds a M.Sc. in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Prior to working at INESS he served as a research scientist at the Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he was developing vaccines.