With the mobility of people and ideas today, countries need to compete for commerce. Why would anyone choose to set up a business in
where it takes only 1 step and is completed in 1 day? Why set up a company in France when you will be financially punished to the point of bankruptcy if you need to fire someone? Why do business in the Middle East if you cannot count on the rule of law to back up your contracts. Of course not all ideas and people are as mobile as others. Even so, bureaucracy, corruption, labor laws, etc. are all inhibiting entrepreneurship and thus standards of living across the globe.
In the interest of their domestic economies, politicians must take an active role in making the (sometimes painful) reforms needed to help fuel entrepreneurship.