Thailand leaps 6 spots in WB’s 2020 ease of doing business rankings

A concrete embankment being built along Klong Prem Prachakorn in Don Muang district of Bangkok. Improved procedures in seeking construction permits partly contributed to Thailand's better place in the World Bank's 2020 ease of doing business rankings. (File photo). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BANGKOK, Oct 24, 2019, Bangkok Post. Thailand moved up six places to 21st out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s 2020 ease of doing business rankings, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Thursday, reported the Bangkok Post.

The country scored 80.1, slightly below Malaysia, ranked 12th, with a score of 81.50 and Singapore, ranked 2nd, with a score of 86.2.

An economy’s ease of doing business score is reflected on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest and 100 represents the best performance.

Mr Uttama attributed the jump in World Bank ranking to the government’s efforts in streamlining the approval process for doing business, adopting digital systems for government services, and improving rules and regulations to catch up with changes in business, beefing up its competitive edge.

Thailand saw a significant improvement in both score and ranking in two indicators: dealing with construction permits, which ranked 34th with a score of 77.3, up from 67th with a score of 71.9 in 2019; and protecting minority investors, ranking 3rd with a score of 86, up from 15th with a previous score of 75.

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