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Economic Governance Indices

The Asia Foundation's Economic Governance Indices (EGIs) rank localities (provinces, states, districts) on factors that impact private sector development. EGIs allow local governments, communities, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to see how localities compare along various factors of economic governance, where they can improve, and what issues can be addressed through reform and advocacy. EGIs are constructed from qualitative surveys of local business and quantitative data from published sources, to demonstrate a clear link between good economic governance and the quality of the local business climate. To date, The Asia Foundation has developed EGIs in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. EGIs are composite indices, based on a 100-point scale, that score the economic governance of each locality. They are composed of ten sub-indices that capture the unique elements of the local business environment — such as entry costs, transparency of information, informal charges, and dispute resolution — that can be directly influenced by local laws and officials.

Mongolia Provincial Competitiveness Survey

At the sixth annual Mongolia Economic Forum in Mongolia this April 2015, the Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center (EPCRC) discussed the results of their latest Mongolia Provincial Competitiveness Survey, which was conducted for the third time this year thanks to support from The Asia Foundation. The survey uses 180 criteria to rank Mongolia’s 21 provinces or aimags in four main categories: economic performance, governance efficiency, business efficiency, and infrastructure. Read more about the Provincial Competitiveness Index here.

In 2015, for the first time, results of the Mongolia Provincial Competitiveness Survey were made available online, on a website developed by EPCRC and The Asia Foundation. Netizens and private and public administrators can now compare economic competitiveness between all 21 provinces using easy-to-read graphics and tables.

Malaysia Business Environment Index

The Asia Foundation released findings from its first Malaysia Business Environment Index in 2012, the only diagnostic tool designed to measure business-friendliness of local governments in the country. Explore rankings on the interactive data visualization site:

The above graphic displays the overall district scores of the Business Environment Index (BEI). For a more comprehensive analysis of the data, visit "Business Environment Index: Malaysia," our interactive data visualization project.

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