World Bank Group halts release of ‘Doing Business’ report over data irregularities

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In a significant move, the World Bank Group has ‘paused’ the publication of the “Doing Business” report after irregularities have been reported with respect to changes to the data used in the report.

A World Bank statement said, “A number of irregularities have been reported regarding changes to the data in the Doing Business 2018 and Doing Business 2020 reports, published in October 2017 and 2019. The changes in the data were inconsistent with the Doing Business methodology.”

The bank announced to conduct a “systematic review” and “assessment of data changes” that occurred subsequent to the institutional data review process for the last 5 ‘Doing Business’ reports.

It also asked the independent Internal Audit function of the World Banl Group to perform an audit of the processes for data collection to protect data integrity.

“The publication of the ‘Doing Business’ report will be paused as we conduct our assessment,” the statement added.