About the EDBI Conference

The Ease of Doing Business Initiative (EDBI) The EDBI Conference is a peer-to-peer learning event requested by African countries and supported by the World Bank Group, to facilitate knowledge sharing on Doing Business reforms.


The 2017 EDBI Conference will be hosted by the Government of Zambia and is scheduled to take place between May 15th and May 19th 2017 at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia.


The theme for the 2017 Conference is Business Reforms for Industrialization, Value Addition and Job Creation.

EDBI is grounded in the interest and need expressed by several Africa countries to learn and share information and experiences about the reforms implemented in the scope of Doing Business. In August 2010, the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE) and some Governments, designed the EDBI, which has been gradually refined over the years. Mauritius, the top-ranked DB country in the Africa region for three years running, offered to host the event and to share its experience.


Following the successful pilot of this peer-to-peer learning model held in Mauritius in 2010, Rwanda, the country which improved the most in the ease of doing business in 2009/2010, hosted a second peer-to-peer workshop for Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in March 2011. The third meeting was held in March 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana. Since 2012, the conference has been hosted by South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda and Kenya.


Zambia will be the 8th country to host the EDBI Conference, which focuses on the following key objectives:

  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience on investment climate reforms in Africa; and
  • Improve the investment climate and increase the region’s share of investment flows and export markets, in line with the stated regional economic integration objectives of the involved Regional Economic Communities and Member States.
  • Facilitate the showcasing of best practice under one roof, encourage political buy-in and follow-through of committed reform agenda covering various sectors
About the Doing Business Report

The Doing Business Report is an annual report that was first published and launched in 2002 by the World Bank Group to analyze regulations that apply to an economy’s businesses during their life cycle, including start-up and operations, trading across borders, paying taxes, and resolving insolvency. The aggregate ease of doing business rankings are based on the distance to frontier scores for 10 indicators and cover 192 economies.


The Doing Business findings have stimulated policy debates worldwide and enabled a growing body of research on how firm-level regulation relates to economic outcomes across economies. The key goal of Doing Business is to provide an objective basis for understanding and improving the local regulatory environment for business around the world.


By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies and over time, Doing Business encourages economies to compete towards more efficient regulation and offers measurable benchmarks for reform.