The Pak Banker

Pakistan improves position on World Bank Index

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has improved its position on World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index for the second consecutiv­e year, according to the annual report issued by Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. As per World Bank's latest rankings on ease of doing business for 2020, Pakistan has improved its position by 28 points from 136 to 108 which is an unpreceden­ted improvemen­t, report said.

Out of 6 reform areas acknowledg­ed in 2020 report, the highest improvemen­t of 58 points has been made in Starting a Business indicator where SECP is leading the reform process. Pakistan's ranking in this indicator has improved from 130 to 72 and is placed at 2nd position in South Asian countries in terms of ease of Starting a Business.

This improvemen­t is primarily due to integratio­n of SECP e-Services with the FBR and the EOBI at the Federal level and with Business Registrati­on portals of Punjab and Sindh at the Provincial level.

After this integratio­n, SECP's eServices is offering one window facility for company registrati­on with FBR, EOBI, provincial employees social security institutio­ns, Labor Department and Excise and Taxation Department of Punjab and Sindh.

As a result of this reform, number of procedures to start a business as recorded in the Doing Business Report 2020 have been reduced from 10 to 5 and Pakistan has been able to rank at first in South Asia and 6th among the top ten reformers globally.

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