Business Reform Summaries

In the past year, Doing Business observed a peaking of reform activity worldwide. From June 2, 2017, to May 1, 2018, 128 economies implemented a record 314 regulatory reforms improving the business climate. Almost one-third of all reforms recorded in 2017/18 were implemented in two areas—starting a business and enforcing contracts. The economies of Europe and Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa were the most active in reforming their regulatory frameworks in 2017/18: four of every five economies substantially improved business regulations in both regions. With a total of 107 reforms, Sub-Saharan Africa once again has a record number this year. Since Doing Business 2005 more than 3,500 business regulatory reforms have been implemented across the 190 economies measured by Doing Business. The majority of these reforms have been made in low- and lower-middle-income economies. View a breakdown of reforms since Doing Business 2005. Please note that short summaries of Doing Business reforms are available from Doing Business 2008 onwards.


Reform Summaries Since Doing Business 2008