Critical features of a sound investment climate include a sensible governance system that allows firms and farms to pursue productive activity without harassment, contracts and property rights to be respected and corruption to be reduced. Equally important is an infrastructure that allows private entrepreneurs and their employees to operate effectively. Competition and, where necessary, regulation are essential to channel private initiative in socially useful directions. A sound financial sector is required to allow firms to enter the market and operate effectively as well as to help restructure failing firms. A stable macro-economic environment and an.