Top 10 countries for digital business

02/27/2020

Top 10 countries for digital business

As digital transformation continues to disrupt industries and transform companies worldwide, countries around the globe are seeing increased opportunities for economic growth tied to digital business. While some countries are making it easy for companies, others are making it considerably harder and it could have implications on your business, now and in the future. Top 10 countries for digital business

But let’s be positive and talk about those digitally friendly. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business survey has been described by some as the “World Cup” or “Olympics” for governments competing to make their countries attractive to businesses. The ranking measures how easy it is to do business in a country by examining regulatory environments and is enormously influential: it has inspired more than 3,500 reforms across 190 economies; in 2017-18 alone, 128 economies undertook a record 314 reforms.

Do you want to know the results? Find out the top ten countries for digital business:

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There are several implications that emerge from this analysis. In the rest of this report, they delve into three broad categories of findings: patterns among notable countries, patterns across digital platforms, and a comparison of the EDDB with the Doing Business 2019 rankings. The main takeaways and conclusions from their report are summarized below.

  • First, unsurprisingly, digital regulations and public policy choices are key determinants of the Ease of Doing Digital Business. These can range from user privacy rules and internet freedoms to those governing sharing economy and ecommerce companies or those protecting the rights of freelance workers.
  • Second, infrastructural elements that are at the intersection of the digital with the physical world, from internet and mobile access to payments and fulfillment, are all key to performance on EDDB, just as they are key to traditional businesses.
  • Third, since digital businesses are built on platforms that match users on either side of a transaction, the factors governing all users’ capabilities are key to EDDB. Skills, user sophistication and the willingness to engage with digital platforms are all material.
  • Fourth, as the chart illustrates, greater ease for one kind of a digital platform in a country does not automatically translate into ease for every other kind of digital platform. Policymakers need a granular awareness of the factors that buoy and beset specific digital platforms. Focused actions directed towards identifying and eliminating platform-specific barriers along with eliminating barriers at the foundational level are key to digital business competitiveness.

At last, among the EU nations, the Nordic countries, as a group, were among the early movers in their embrace of digital technology and are consistently highly evolved digitally, as measured by our Digital Evolution Index. Their performance on the EDDB is also strong for several reasons: Nordic consumers have embraced subscription-based models for digital news and media access much faster than other countries; their appetite for subscription video on demand remains at an all-time high; the region is home to some of the most savvy online shoppers, a third of all Nordic consumers engage in cross border ecommerce on a monthly basis, primarily from websites in the UK, Germany, and China.  Finland, in particular, is a leader in the sharing economy; its success has been shaped by a combination of an open government, and high levels of trust.