By Muhammed Ali Gurtas
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced Wednesday launch of a new round of enterprise surveys to identify constraints to private sector growth in several countries, including Turkey.
The EBRD said in a statement that it is working with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) on the project, which is comparable to other WBG's surveys carried out worldwide using a standard methodology.
The bank noted that topics included in the questionnaire – productivity, adoption of technology and innovation, competition, workforce qualification, access to financial services etc. – will be comparable on a global scale.
"The objective of the survey is to receive feedback from private sector enterprises on the state of the business environment in each of more than 40 participating countries," the EBRD said.
"The overall goal is to assess opportunities and constraints to private sector growth," it said. "In each country the survey will be conducted through interviews with private firms in the manufacturing and services sectors."
The EBRD stated that the study will continue until June 2019 and preliminary results of the survey are expected in the second half of 2019.
"The findings from the enterprise survey, together with additional information from similar surveys in other participating countries, will constitute the basis for evidence-based analytical work able to shed light on how to promote of investment, productivity and economic growth," it added.