About EDBI

About the Doing Business Report

ease of doing business edbi 2016 aboutThe Doing Business Report is an annual report that was first published and launched in 2002 by the World Bank Group to analyze regulations that apply to an economy’s businesses during their life cycle, including start-up and operations, trading across borders, paying taxes, and resolving insolvency. The aggregate ease of doing business rankings are based on the distance to frontier scores for 10 topics and cover 189 economies.

The Doing Business findings have stimulated policy debates worldwide and enabled a growing body of research on how firm-level regulation relates to economic outcomes across economies. The key goal of Doing Business is to provide an objective basis for understanding and improving the local regulatory environment for business around the world.

By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies and over time, Doing Business encourages economies to compete towards more efficient regulation and offers measurable benchmarks for reform.

EDBI Conference background

The “Ease of Doing Business Initiative” (EDBI), is grounded in the interest and need expressed by several Africa countries to learn and share information and experiences about the reforms implemented in the scope of Doing Business. 

EDBI 2016 Conference Objectives:

The objectives of the EDBI are to:

  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience on investment climate reforms in Africa; and
  • Improve the investment climate and increase the region’s share of investment flows and export markets, in line with the stated regional economic integration objectives of the involved Regional Economic Communities and Member States.
  • Facilitate the showcasing of best practice under one roof, encourage political buy-in and follow-through of committed reform agenda covering various sectors. 

It was therefore imperative to host an Annual Conference in order to concretize these objectives, in which knowledge and experiences from various countries are presented, promoting regional collaboration in reforms based on “peer-to-peer learning”.

In August 2010, the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE) and some Governments, designed the EDBI, which has been gradually refined over the years. Mauritius, the top-ranked DB country in the Africa region for three years running, offered to host the event and to share its experience.

Following the successful pilot of this peer-to-peer learning model held in Mauritius in 2010, Rwanda, the country which improved the most in the ease of doing business in 2009/2010, hosted a second peer-to-peer workshop for Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in March 2011. The third meeting was held in March 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana, the 2013 meeting was in Sandton, South Africa, the 2014 meeting took place in Maputo, Mozambique and the last meeting was held in Kampala, Uganda.

Kenya’s journey to host the regional conference started after submitting its bid to host the event during EDBI 2015 which was hosted in Kampala, Uganda. Kenya was selected to host the event after competitively beating other countries that expressed interest in hosting the EDBI 2016 Conference. The ‘Ease of Doing Business Initiative 2016’ is scheduled to take place from 3rd May to 6th May, 2016 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Digitizing Business - Leveraging ICT to enhance the Business Environment”. The 3-day conference will bring together over 300 delegates drawn from government, industry and business leaders as well as international investors, economists and academics from Africa.