B-READY! Understanding the World Bank’s new business-readiness assessment

in partnership with the World Bank
Session Type
Session Themes
Investment Facilitation
Room number
Hall 6 Room 15
Contact Email
18 October 2023
14:00 - 16:00 Abu Dhabi

The long-awaited replacement of Doing Business will soon be out. Called B-READY, it has 10 different indicators on which countries will be rated by experts and company surveys. In an improvement to Doing Business, it will compare what laws say on paper to the reality on the ground, examine the quality of regulations, improve the representation of data, steer away from economy-wide ratings, and assess the environment for the private sector as a whole. A big change to the scoring will be the use of digital government services (single windows and information portals), the subject of several other sessions in the Investment Facilitation track of the Forum.

Session themes: 

  • What is B-ready and how is the index composed?
  • What is it trying to encourage?
  • How will it be rolled out and how will the data be collected?
  • How does it differ from Doing Business and how can countries prepare?


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD and Lead, UNCTAD World Investment Forum
Director of the Global Indicators Group, World Bank
Deputy Director-General at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and Head of the Subdirectorate, Middle East, North Africa, Trade Fair and Development Policy
Head of the Global Economic Intelligence Unit, Mexico
Director of Policy and Research, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)


Economic Affairs Officer, Business Facilitation Section, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD