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Business Enabling Environment (BEE)

Business Enabling Environment (BEE) project

The World Bank Group is developing a new project to measure the business enabling environment in economies worldwide. Details on the new project will be provided here as they become available. If you would like to stay updated, please sign up for the newsletter or contact

December 19, 2022: Concept Note

The BEE Concept Note establishes the objectives, scope, and approach of the project, including a general description of the indicators covered and its motivation, data collection approaches, roll out for the piloting stage, geographical coverage and general timeline.

It is informed by the feedback received during the public consultation process, extensive comments received from World Bank Group (WBG) colleagues, consultations with the WBG Board of Executive Directors, and further research conducted by the BEE team. It is not, however, a full description of the BEE methodology. This will be detailed and presented during the implementation phase of the project.

Read BEE Concept Note

February 8 - March 15, 2022: Public Consultation on pre-Concept Note

The consultations on BEE project's pre-Concept Note were held between February 8 and March 15. More than 2000 comments were received from 410 feedback providers, including civil society organizations, private sector organizations, think tanks, governments, international development/financial institutions, and academic experts.

Stakeholders and experts were requested to provide feedback on BEE’s relevance, scope, and approach. Topic specialists were asked to provide technical inputs on their areas of expertise covered by BEE. To ensure transparency and accountability of the consultation process, all feedback received is made publicly available through the link below, unless the feedback provider explicitly requested to keep it confidential.

BEE Project Public Consultations: Consolidated Comments

February 8: Pre-Concept Note

In the fall of 2021, Senior Management of the World Bank Group (WBG) instructed the Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency to work on a new approach for assessing the business and investment climate: a benchmarking exercise, with the objective of providing a quantitative assessment of the business environment for private sector development, to be published annually and covering most economies worldwide.

Between October 2021 and February 2022, the DEC Global Indicators Group (DECIG) developed a pre-Concept Note encompassing the foundations, general project design and suggested scope of the project with the working title "Business Enabling Environment (BEE)". The pre-Concept Note took into account feedback from experts across the WBG and its main purpose was to be circulated outside the WBG to collect the views of stakeholders from the private and public sectors.

Read BEE Pre-Concept Note

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