As part of improving the business climate, focus index Doing Business of ease of doing business for the World Bank Group, several countries African countries have expressed the need to share their experiences and create an annual framework for the learning of best practices in effective reforms implemented in the different countries. In August 2010, the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the ‘’Centre d'excellence multidisciplinaire régional (CMER) '’ 1 ’, based in Mauritius and some governments, developed the concept of the conference "Ease of Doing Business Initiative'', abbreviated to EDBI."

The EDBI conference is a platform for mutual learning between experts and stakeholders from African countries on best practices for improving the business climate, reform concepts and change management approaches. It brings together high-level experts from various African countries, the World Bank Group and the private sector to share their experiences and express their opinions on the legal framework for business in African countries.

The EDBI conference provides an excellent opportunity for delegations to learn from the performance of the most advanced economies on the Business Ease Index and thus contributes to attracting the investment needed for growth and job creation by the private sector.

The event is the result of the will of African countries and is supported by the World Bank Group. The first edition of the EDBI conference to share experiences in improving the business environment was launched in April 2010 in Mauritius, the best economy in sub-Saharan Africa on the Doing Business Index. The second edition was held in March 2011 in Rwanda, the country that achieved, after Mauritius, the most remarkable performance in the ease of doing business in Africa index.

Subsequently, the conference was held in Gaborone, Botswana in March 2012, Sandton, South Africa in April 2013, Maputo, Mozambique in June 2014, Kampala, Uganda in May 2015, Nairobi, Kenya in May 2016 and Livingstone, Zambia in May 2017.

This conference was at its conception, reserved for the English-speaking countries of Southern and Eastern Africa. However, in view of the quality of the lessons learned, the Ivorian Government requested and obtained at the Nairobi conference in 2016, the organization of the 9th edition of the EDBI conference.

The choice of Côte d'Ivoire as the conference host country was confirmed at the Livingstone conference in Zambia in 2017. Thus, for the first time since the initiative began in 2010, the international conference to share experiences and best practices in improving the business environment will be held in a French-speaking country, especially in West Africa.

Thus, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, in partnership with the World Bank Group, is organizing from 26 to 28 November 2018 at Sofitel Hôtel Ivoire, Abidjan, under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, the sponsorship and effective presence of His Excellency Amadou GON COULIBALY, Prime Minister, Minister of the Budget and State Portfolio, the 9th edition the annual conference to share experiences and best practices in improving the business environment, focus Doing Business called''Ease of Doing Business Initiative'', on the central theme "Improving the business climate and economic growth challenges in Africa.

The conference will bring together high-level delegates from some 30 African countries to share their experiences in business climate improvement reforms.

1 RMCE is a regional initiative led by the Mauritian government and developed in consultation with the EU and the World Bank as well as regional groups such as COMESA (The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) and IOC (Indian Ocean Commission) Member States. The objective of the RMCE is to strengthen capacities to formulate and implement a regional economic development strategy and policy in the countries of the region and to create world-class skills capable of sustainably supporting the process of regional economic integration in African countries. Source: