ASSOCHAM applauds Ease of Doing Business

Thursday, November 01, 2018

New Delhi, 1 November, 2018:
The World Bank 2019 edition of the Ease of Doing Business ranking indicates huge jump in India’s ranking from 100 in 2018 to 77 in 2019. India is the only country to rank among the top 10 improvers for the second consecutive year. ASSOCHAM compliments government for bringing in huge and unprecedented improvement in India’s global ranking in Ease of Doing Business within a span of just two years.  
During the last one year, Government of India has taken several policy initiatives comprising taxation, construction permit, ease in starting a business, insolvency and trading across borders etc which have resulted in significant improvement in India’s ranking.
India has made highest progress registered in construction permits followed by Trading Across Borders and Starting a Business, Getting Electricity and Getting Credit. However, on the other hand, performance in some other areas created headwinds, limiting the extent of rank improvement. These included areas such as Enforcing Contracts, Registering Property, Resolving Insolvency and Paying taxes.  This will enhance competitiveness of Indian economy and generate higher investments, both domestic and foreign.
India saw a massive jump in the parameter “dealing with construction permits” to 52nd position from 181st a year ago by reducing time for processing permit applications, streamlining procedures, and improving transparency among other measures.
India saw a similar improvement in the “trading across borders” section to 80th position from 146th a year ago. This improvement was made possible by reducing the time and cost to export and import through various initiatives, including the implementation of electronic sealing of containers, upgrading of port infrastructure and allowing electronic submission of supporting documents with digital signatures under its National Trade Facilitation Action Plan 2017-2020.
Starting a business, the government introduced a new mechanism for setting up new businesses. Titled the “Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically (SPICe)”, it attempted simplifying the process of setting up businesses and reduced the number of procedures one needed to comply with.
ASSOCHAM feels that the wide array of economic policy reforms undertaken during the last four and half year have began to show concrete results in terms of big jump in India’s ranking on Ease of doing business. Consolidation of reform process is expected to give rich dividends in terms of higher investment and further cutting down transaction cost of doing business. The strengthening of reform process is expected to further improve India’s ranking in coming years.


ASSOCHAM initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry in 1920. It was established by promoter Chambers, representing all regions of India. Having in its fold over 400 Chambers and Trade Associations, and serving over 4.5 lakh members across India. ASSOCHAM has emerged as the fountainhead of Knowledge for Indian industry, which is all set to redefine the dynamics of growth and development in the Knowledge Based Economy. More information available on
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