CIPE established its Pakistan field office in 2006, making a commitment to strengthening democratic and market reforms in one of the world’s most challenging countries. Relying on extensive international working with chambers of commerce, business associations, think tanks and other NGOs, CIPE sought to provide Pakistan’s private sector with the tools needed to serve as a catalyst for institutional reform.
Each year, CIPE releases a Pakistan Activities Report, highlighting the results of these efforts, and the successes and achievements of our partners. The 2011 Activities Report, which can be found here, demonstrates the encouraging impact that CIPE’s programs have begun to demonstrate.
Through our capacity-building initiatives for business associations, these organizations have realized the importance of their role in a democratic society, and have begun to take the lead in advocating for economic policy reform, and strengthening dialogue with government agencies, regulators and political parties. CIPE’s partners in the business community have become significantly more effective in such dialogue, and as a result, has become to have a positive effect on the policymaking process and the business climate.
In addition to capacity-building and policy advocacy, CIPE has worked with its partners in 2011 in areas such as corporate governance, economic journalism, and entrepreneurship development. CIPE and its partners are also becoming more active in using blogs and social media tools to advance the message of economic and democratic reform in Pakistan.
CIPE and its partners look forward to continued successes in Pakistan in 2012.