India moves up 14 spots to 63 on World Bank’s ease of doing business

WASHINGTON: India jumped 14 places to the 63rd position on the World
Bank’s ease of doing business ranking. The jump is due to the government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ scheme and other reforms
attracting foreign investment.

The country also figured among the top 10 performers on the list for the
third time in a row. The rankings come at a time when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and various rating agencies have slashed the country’s growth forecasts. They have also pointed at the slowdown in the global economy.

India had the 142nd rank among 190 nations when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014. Four years of reform pushed up India’s rank to 100th in World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ 2018 report. It was 130th in 2017 when it was ranked lower than Iran and Uganda. Last year, the country jumped 23 places to the 77th position. It happened thanks to the reforms related to insolvency, taxation and other areas. In its ‘Doing Business’ 2020 report, the World Bank commended the reform efforts undertaken by the country “given the size of India’s economy.”

“This is the third year in a row that India makes to top 10 in Doing Business. This is a success which very few countries have
done over the 20 years of the project, Without exception. Importantly, the other countries that have done this are very small, population-wise, and homogeneous,” said Simeon Djankov. He is the Director of Development Economics at the World Bank. He was speaking with PTI in an interview. “India is the first country of its type to achieve that. It has jumped this year by 14 positions,” he said.

Apart from India, the other countries on this year’s ‘top 10 performers’ list are Saudi Arabia (62), Jordan (75), Togo (97), Bahrain (43), Tajikistan (106), Pakistan (108), Kuwait (83), China (31) and Nigeria (131).

Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign focused on attracting foreign investment and boosting the private sector. He also focused on manufacturing in particular. The reforms enhanced the country’s overall competitiveness, the World Bank said in its report.

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