ISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan has improved its ranking by 11 points and moved from 147 to 136 in Doing Business Report 2019, according to the report published by the World Bank.

Advisor to Prime Minister, Razzak Dawood has announced that Pakistan has improved its ranking in Doing Business Report 2019. The Doing Business Report is published by World Bank, which measures the performance in ease of doing business in 190 countries. The rankings of countries in the report indicate competitiveness as well as highlight the areas where reforms are immediately needed to improve business climate in the country. Since the launch of DB report in 2002, it is the first time that Pakistan has jumped 11 points in one year.

Advisor informed the media while addressing a press conference that Pakistan’s ranking has improved due to the reforms policy of the previous government. He said that PTI led government is working to bring Pakistan’s ranking at below 100 by brining reforms. He informed that Pakistan’s ranking was 85 in the year 2009. However, due to the 18th constitutional amendment, Pakistan’s raking was down. The federal government would approach the Council of Common Interest (CCI) to talk with provinces regarding improving business climate in the country, he added.

Board of Investment, being the secretariat of ‘Prime Minister’s Steering Committee on Doing Business Reforms’, briefed the press on the reforms behind improvements made in Pakistan’s ranking and reforms being introduced to improve it further. Three reforms have been acknowledged; Pakistan made starting a business easier by introducing the online one-stop registration system; replaced several forms for incorporation with a single application and; established information exchange mechanism between the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

For registering property, Punjab made it easier by streamlining and automating administrative procedures and increasing the transparency of its land administration system. Sindh also made registering property easier by increasing the transparency of the land registry. In resolving insolvency, Pakistan made it easier by introducing the reorganization procedure and improving the continuation of the debtors business during insolvency proceedings. These reforms have been introduced in Punjab as well as Sindh provinces.

While talking to the media, Mrs Fareena Mazhar, Executive Director General BOI, explained that in addition to introduction of reforms, other positive data corrections also contributed to the unprecedented improvement in ranking of Pakistan. She acknowledged the efforts of dedicated teams of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, State Bank of Pakistan, Planning and Development department, Punjab and Sindh Boards of Investment. She emphasized that assistance from World Bank was critical to the reform process. She also highlighted that improvement was a result of combined effort under the Prime Minister’s Steering Committee on Doing Business Reforms.

Chairman Board of Investment, Haroon Sharif stressed the fact that this improvement clearly reflects the confidence of private sector on the reform drives of the government of Pakistan. He acknowledged OICCI, PBC and FPCCI for always giving a true reflection of the needs and impediments to businesses.