Indonesia's positive performance in the 2017 edition was attributed to government efforts to simplify and remove unnecessary regulations. Today, Rodrigo Chaves, World Bank Country Director for Indonesia, complimented the Indonesian government for successfully raising efforts to enhance the quality of the nation's business environment for the private sector.

He added that it is now easier to establish a business in Indonesia, have access to electricity, register property, acquire finance, pay taxes, to engage in cross-border trade and establish contracts. These are all considered key issues. For example, on average, it now takes 58 days for a company in Indonesia to connect to the nation's power grid (it used to be 78 days). The improvement is particularly felt in Jakarta and Surabaya, the two biggest industrial cities of Indonesia.

Other examples of government efforts of policies that supported Indonesia's jump in the ranking are the encouragement of the use of online systems, the scrapping of the paid-in minimum capital requirement for small and medium-size enterprises, the introduction of simpler customs documents and a dedicated procedure for commercial litigation and small claims.

Despite the improvement in the latest edition, Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said Indonesia needs to assign a special team that is tasked to monitor Indonesia's ease of doing business in order to attract more private investment.

Other countries, besides Indonesia, that made a strong jump in the 2017 edition of the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business index are Bahrain, Belarus, Brunei Darussalam, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Pakistan, Serbia and United Arab Emirates. The report noted that developing countries carried out more than 75 percent of all 283 detected reforms in the past year, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for more than one-quarter of the total.

Doing Business 2017 Ranking:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Singapore
  3. Denmark
  4. Hong Kong
  5. South Korea
  6. Norway
  7. United Kingdom
  8. United States
  9. Sweden
 10. Macedonia
 11. Taiwan
 23. Malaysia
 46. Thailand
 78. China
 82. Vietnam
 91. Indonesia
 99. Philippines
131. Cambodia

Source: World Bank 'Doing Business 2017'

Ease of Doing Business in Indonesia:

Please note that the 2014, 2015 an 2016 rankings are revised rankings

2014 Rank 2015 Rank 2016 Rank 2017 Rank
 Starting a Business      158      163      167      151
 Dealing with Construction Permits
     150      110      113      116
 Getting Electricity
     101       45       61       49
 Registering Property      112      131      123      118
 Getting Credit       67       71       70       62
 Protecting Minority Investors       43       87       69       70
 Paying Taxes      158      160      115      104
 Trading Across Borders       61      104      113      108
 Enforcing Contracts      171      170      171      166
 Resolving Insolvency       71       73       74       76

Source: World Bank's Doing Business Reports