India has jumped 30 places up massively and made its place at 100 in the World Bank’s ease of Doing Business. India has secured its place in the Top 100 list for the first time, driven by reforms in access to credit, power supplies and protection of minority investors.
Doing Business in India has become much easier now as per the report over the past one year. The list shows 190 countries which is an influential barometer of competitiveness among countries that likely also helps businesses make investment decisions.
“India’s performance is not based on efforts of just one year but consistent efforts made over the last three years to continuously improve the regulatory environment of doing business,” Annette Dixon, vice president South Asia, told a press conference.
India is the only large country this year to have achieved such a significant shift. On the “distance to frontier metric,” one of the key indicators in the survey, India’s score went from 56.05 in Doing Business 2017 to 60.76 in Doing Business 2018.
The annual report ranks countries on business-friendliness, procedural ease, regulatory architecture and absence of bureaucratic red tape.
While there has been substantial progress, India still lags in areas such as Starting a Business, Enforcing Contracts, and Dealing with Construction Permits. In fact, the time taken to enforce a contract is longer today, at 1,445 days, than it was 15 years ago (1,420 days), placing the country in 164th place in the global ranking on the Enforcing Contracts indicator.
“Tackling these challenging reforms will be key to India sustaining the momentum towards a higher ranking,” said Junaid Ahmad, Country Director India. “To secure changes in the remaining areas will require not just new laws and online systems but deepening the ongoing investment in the capacity of states and their institutions to implement change and transform the framework of incentives and regulation facing the private sector. India’s focus on ‘doing business’ at the state level may well be the platform that sustains the country’s reform trajectory for the future.”
India was also among the 10 economies to have improved the most, alongside El Salvador, Malawi, Nigeria and Thailand.
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