Doing Business Learning Series: Doing Business 2019 – what are the results?

What gets measured gets done.

Over the past 15 years, the Doing Business report has encapsulated this principle. Anchored in rigorous research and methodology, Doing Business gathers detailed and objective data on 11 areas of business regulation. The report measures complex regulatory processes by zeroing in on their quantifiable components, which can be contested, compared—over time and across economies—and, ultimately, reformed.

Since its launch in 2003, Doing Business has inspired more than 3,500 reforms in the 10 areas of business regulation measured by the report. This year, in the Doing Business 2019 report,  wedocument a peak in reform activity worldwide—128 economies undertook a record 314 reforms in 2017/18. While Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the most reforms (as it has been since2012), this year’s 10 top improvers include a range of economies—large and small, rich and poor—from five regions, showing that that virtually any economy can improve business regulation when policymakers have the will. 

This webinar is first in the Doing Business Learning Series, and presents the overall results for Doing Business 2019. The subsequent webinars will focus on each of the 11 Doing Business indicators, covering topics from Starting a Business to Labor Market Regulations. These weekly indicator webinars will be broadcast between January 9 – March 20, 2019, and offer a deep dive into each indicator, explaining what is measured, why it matters, what are the results and what are the good practices.

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About the Presenters

Santiago Croci

Santiago Croci joined the Doing Business team in March 2008. He is the Program Manager of the joint World Bank-IFC Doing Business Report which provides measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies. He previously oversaw the Stakeholders Engagement component of Doing Business. Prior to that, he led the Getting Credit - Legal Rights indicator. Before joining the team, Mr. Croci worked on an insolvency and creditor rights initiative at the Legal Vice-Presidency of the World Bank Group. He also worked on development issues at the Competitiveness Capacity Building Initiative of the Organization of American States. Mr. Croci holds a law degree in corporate law from Montpellier I University (Montpellier, France) and a master's degree in international law from Paul Cézanne University (Aix-en-Provence, France). Mr. Croci speaks French and Spanish.

Jayashree Srinivasan

Jayashree Srinivasan leads the Dealing with Construction Permits indicator of the Doing Business Report. She has extensive experience in indicator development and has helped design and develop several new indicator sets, including the Getting Electricity Indicator of the Doing Business Report, the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy, and the forthcoming pilot Digital Business Indicators. Ms. Srinivasan has also led operational missions and dialogues on government reform priorities, and co-authored investment climate reports based on analytical evidence. Prior to joining Doing Business, Ms. Srinivasan worked in the South Asia Region of the World Bank Group in the Sustainable Development Unit.

Indira Chand

Indira Chand is a Senior Communications Officer who leads the outreach and dissemination effort of the Doing Business report.

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