The DCED defines the business environment as a complex of policy, legal, institutional, and regulatory conditions that govern business activities (DCED, 2008). It is a sub-set of the investment climate. Business environment reform (BER) aims to reduce the costs and risks of business activity by improving poor government policies, laws and regulations, and by stimulating competition through new market entrants.
For more specific resources on adjusting BER programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the DCED knowledge pages on Adjusting PSD interventions in the short term, and Promoting economic recovery and resilience.
The DCED Business Environment Working Group have produced the following video introducing the approach:
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