Structural Policies (Cluster B) covers policies affecting trade, the financial sector and the business environment. The regional average score for Cluster B was stable at 3.2. Policies impacting trade, the financial sector and the business environment are covered under this cluster. Investment and private sector activity in the region has been robust. However, much remains to be done. For the 38 International Development Association (IDA) countries in Africa, the CPIA scores assessing the business regulatory environment show a fairly high level of stability, with the overall score at 3.1. Several African countries were among the top reformers in the 2015 Doing Business report: All five Sub-Saharan African countries within the 10 top Doing Business improvers (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Togo) carried out reforms making it easier to start a business, while three countries implemented reforms making it easier to obtain credit.

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Created from: World Bank, CPIA

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Financial sector

Business regulatory environment