Sixteenth in a series of annual reports comparing business
regulation in 190 economies, Doing Business 2019 measures aspects
of regulation affecting 10 areas of everyday business activity:
Starting a business Dealing with construction permits Getting
electricity Registering property Getting credit Protecting minority
investors Paying taxes Trading across borders Enforcing contracts
Resolving insolvency These areas are included in the distance to
frontier score and ease of doing business ranking. Doing Business
also measures features of labor market regulation, which is not
included in these two measures. This edition also presents the
findings of the pilot indicator, 'Contracting with the Government',
which aims at benchmarking the efficiency, quality, and
transparency of public procurement systems worldwide. The report
updates all indicators as of May 1, 2018, ranks economies on their
overall 'ease of doing business', and analyses reforms to business
regulation - identifying which economies are strengthening their
business environment the most. Doing Business illustrates how
reforms in business regulations are being used to analyse economic
outcomes for domestic entrepreneurs and for the wider economy. It
is a flagship product produced in partnership by the World Bank
Group that garners worldwide attention on regulatory barriers to
entrepreneurship. Almost 140 economies have used the Doing Business
indicators to shape reform agendas and monitor improvements on the
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