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Most Improved in Doing Business 2018

In the year from June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017, Doing Business recorded 264 regulatory reforms making it easier to do business —with 119 economies implementing at least one. Reforms reducing the complexity and cost of regulatory processes in the area of starting a business and getting credit were the most common in 2016/17. The next most common reforms were in the area of trading across borders. Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, Malawi, Kosovo, India, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Nigeria, Djibouti, and El Salvador were the most improved economies in 2016/17 in areas tracked by Doing Business.

Together, these 10 top improvers implemented 53 regulatory reforms making it easier to do business.

Economies in all regions are implementing reforms easing the process of doing business, but Europe and Central Asia continues to be the region with the highest share of economies implementing at least one reform—79% of economies in the region have implemented at least one business regulatory reform, followed by South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.