This final assessment of the Second Action Plan of the APEC’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) initiative looks at the progress made by the APEC region in five priority areas: 1) Starting a Business; 2) Dealing with Construction Permits; 3) Getting Credit; 4) Trading Across Borders; and 5) Enforcing Contracts. This exercise compares APEC’s performance in 2015, established as baseline year, with the performance in 2018, in order to evaluate APEC’s combined progress during this period.
By using the indicators of the World Bank’s Doing Business in these five priority areas, APEC’s combined performance by 2018 exceeded the overall target of 10% improvement across priority areas during the Second EoDB Action Plan. The examination of APEC’s average values in all priority areas’ indicators shows that APEC’s combined progress in 2018 was equal to 11.6%. The greatest progress was recorded in Getting Credit (20.9%), followed by Starting a Business (16.9%) and Dealing with Construction Permits (10.8%).