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HIGHLIGHTS - November/December 2016

Increasing Opportunity for Women in Papua New Guinea  
CIPE recently launched the PNG Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC), a first-of-its-kind institution in a country where women face daunting challenges to engaging in commerce. The centre provides women with access to information and training on financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and help with navigating PNG’s business landscape. It is part of an initiative supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs of Trade. Another aspect of the program is a partnership with the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan to develop entrepreneurship curriculum for local PNG universities. Watch a video about the program.

CIPE Partner Tackles Inefficiency and Corruption in Nigerians Ports 

In an effort to provide business-led solutions to the issues affecting Nigerian ports, CIPE and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) released a report outlining much-needed port reforms. The report suggests reforms to deal with red tape, bottlenecks, regulatory inconsistencies, and poor infrastructure. Companies surveyed reported that problems with using the port system result in significant business losses, relocation to nearby countries, and smuggling. Over 90 percent of respondents identified corruption as a major issue. Vincent Nwani, Director of LCCI spoke with CNBC Africa about the report findings. 

 The Power of Entrepreneurship Celebrated Worldwide

CIPE celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by highlighting the role entrepreneurs play as leaders in their communities. CIPE Senior Program Officer Steven Rosenlund and Syrian Economic Forum Chairman Ayman Tabbaa wrote an article for CNBC about how entrepreneurship is a source of hope in war torn Syria. CIPE hosted the launch of Invest2Innovate’s 2016 Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report – watch a video of the event. Meanwhile, a number of CIPE’s partners around the world, including Samriddhi Foundation in Nepal, IACE in Tunisia, and Pakistan Software Houses Association, held their own events to celebrate GEW.

NEWS IN BRIEF

Dream Philippines Fair Highlights Good Governance Practices

The Institute for Solidarity in Asia, a long-time CIPE partner, hosted a fair that brought together representatives from public, private, and youth organizations and schools to share best practices for good governance and citizenship. CIPE Senior Consultant Camelia Bulat led a “skills lab” focused on policy advocacy for transforming institutions. Bulat emphasized the importance of presenting solutions when advocating for change. Watch a video of highlights from the fair.

Georgia’s Economic Policy Advocacy Coalition Marks One Year of Success 

A network of 60 private-sector organizations in Georgia is advocating pro-business reforms to encourage long-term economic growth. The coalition has already achieved a number of important achievements including land registration reform and changes to state procurement procedures that will help improve the business environment for small and medium sized enterprises, an important growth sector for the economy. CIPE’s Regional Director for Europe, Eurasia and South Asia Marc Schleifer attended the anniversary celebration and writes here about the difference the program is making. 

Hotline Helps Tunisian Businesses Tackle Bureaucratic Hurdles 

CIPE and the Tunisian think tank Institut arabe des chefs d’entreprises (IACE) recently launched a hotline to help local businesses deal with red tape and bureaucratic roadblocks. Businesses that run into administrative bottlenecks can use the system to report the problem and get it resolved. It also provides businesses with information on procedures to help them register and run their companies. The program is part of a broader National Business Agenda effort that Tunisia’s government and private sector leaders are undertaking to address issues hampering badly-needed economic development in the country.

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