2012 World Bank Top 30 Ease of Doing Business Countries

World Bank recently published a new report regarding the easiest country to do business in the world for 2012.

The countries are ranked on their ease of doing business, from scale 1 – 183. A high ranking on the ease of doing business index means the regulatory environment is more conducive to start and operate a local firm.

These index averages the country’s percentile rankings on 9 topics, made up of a variety of indicators, giving equal weight to each topic.

Malaysia is at position 18th up to 3 positions from 21st in 2011. The top 3 countries namely Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand manage to retain its position as per 2011 rankings.

The table below is the rank of the top 30 countries.

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2011 Economic Freedom of the World Report

Fraser Institute which is based in Canada recently releases “2011 Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report “. The ranking is based on 5 areas to measure the economic freedom for each country.

The areas are Size of Government (Expenditures, Taxes, and Enterprises), Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights, Access to Sound Money, Freedom to Trade Internationally and Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business.

In 2011, Malaysia drop to 78th from 77th in 2010. The drop mainly contributed by big government’s involvement in the economy (GLCs). The ideal is more involvement from private sector. On the other hand, Malaysia score very well in Regulation of Credit, Labor, and Business. The 2011 reports are based on data compiled in 2009.

The table below is the 2011 Economic Freedom ranking.

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2011 – 2012 Global Competitiveness Report


World Economic Forum (WEF) which is based in Geneva, Switzerland recently release “The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012”. The ranking is based on 12 pillars to measure the competitiveness for each countries.

The pillars are Institutions, Infrastructure, Macroeconomic environment, Health and primary education, Higher education and training, Goods market efficiency, Labor market efficiency, Financial market development, Technological readiness, Market size, Business sophistication & Innovation.

In the report, Malaysia at number 21st from 142 countries, up 5 position from 26th in 2010.

The table below is top 25 of the ranking.

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2011 Forbes Asia’s Fab 50, AP Best Listed Companies

The Forbes Asia’s Fab 50 is an annual ranking of the best of Asia-Pacific’s (AP) biggest listed companies. The ranking was first published in 2007.

The ranking is based on the following criteria,

  • at least US$3 billion in revenue or market capitalization.
  • five-year track record for revenue, operating earnings, return on capital, recent results, share-price movements, and finally outlook.
  • does not have too much debt.
  • less than 50 percent government owned.

In the ranking, there are only one(1) Malaysian company listed namely Axiata. There is none  Malaysian company in the list in 2010.

The table below is the full list of 2011 Forbes Asia’s Fab 50

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2011 FT Global 500 & Ranking for Malaysian Companies


The FT (Financial Times) Global 500 is an annual ranking of the top 500 public companies in the world features in Financial Times. The ranking was first published 15 years ago.

The companies are ranked by market capitalisation. The greater the stock market capitalization, the higher its ranking. Market capitalisation is the share price on 31st March 2011 multiplied by the number of shares issued. The figures were converted into a common currency to allow comparison.

For 2011 ranking, there are 2 Malaysian companies listed.

The table below is top 20 of 2011 FT Global 500 and the position of Malaysian companies in the list.

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