Structural Policies (Cluster B) covers policies affecting trade, the financial sector and the business environment. Policies impacting trade, the financial sector and the business environment are covered under this cluster. The regional average score for cluster B held steady at 3.2 in 2017. As in previous years, there is considerable variation in scores across structural policies, with trade registering the strongest scores across all components of the CPIA, and the financial sector lagging nearly all other components. The score for this component edged slightly higher to 3.7, reversing the dip seen in the previous year. The financial sector component measures policies and regulations that affect financial stability, efficiency, and access. The region’s average score for this component remained unchanged at 2.8 in 2017, with two IDA countries seeing a 0.5 decline offset by another two IDA countries registering a 0.5 improvement. The regional average score for the business regulatory environment remained at 3.1 in 2017, the same as observed in the past six years, and mirrored the average score of IDA countries outside the region.
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