Will take on board GST, bankruptcy code in next report: World Bank

The World Bank will take on board implementation of the goods and services tax and enactment of the bankruptcy code while preparing the ease of doing business report next year, said its country Director Junaid Ahmad today.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 31, 2016, 22:04 PM IST

New Delhi: The World Bank will take on board implementation of the goods and services tax and enactment of the bankruptcy code while preparing the ease of doing business report next year, said its country Director Junaid Ahmad today.

He also suggested that India has managed to improve on various sub-rankings although the World Bank's latest report did not show any improvement in the country's ranking as other nations too have done their bit.

In the World Bank's latest 'Doing Business' 2017 report, India's place remained unchanged from last year's original ranking of 130 among the 190 economies that were assessed on various parameters.

But the last year's ranking has been revised to 131 from which the country has improved its place by one spot.

India has expressed its disappointment over its low rank and has also suggested a review of the ranking methodology.

"Our methodology had led to very interesting response by different countries... We have learnt that the complexity of understanding of doing business needs to change. So, our methodology will evolve as we are doing it right now," he told reporters.

"I do not think we have given India a low ranking at all. If you look at the sub-rankings, India has managed to improve quite a bit. Where we are not able to show the aggregate lift-off is also because the other countries also increased their ranking relatively."

As for India, he said, it is continuing to do its improvement and "my bet, next year you watch out, it will be reflected in the rankings".

He added that GST is going to change the way Indian markets are working now.

"Insolvency is going to ripple through the country in different ways. That too has not been picked up. I think you will be wrong to start looking at the methodology and be worried about it. If you unbundle the rankings below it, you will see that India continues on its trajectory," he added.