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- The recently negotiated World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement will simplify customs procedures. A key outcome of these changes is less opportunity for corruption related to the import and export of goods.
- This article discusses key Articles of the Agreement and how each one reduces corruption risk.
- The long phase-in approach provided for in the Agreement, the flexibility afforded to developing countries, and the opportunity for technical assistance during implementation are additional factors that encourage adoption of the Agreement.
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women was set up in the United Kingdom in 2008 in response to Cherie’s experience traveling across the globe with husband, then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. During her travels, Cherie met with women around the world and realized that with the right support women can overcome the challenges they face and play an important part in their economies and societies.
Our aim is primarily to support women who are building their own businesses, specifically small and growing businesses, a level just above micro enterprise. The women we work with have bright ideas and are either at the beginning of their journey or are already running small businesses but are struggling to sustain their position or expand.Read more...
CIPE: The Center for Emerging Market Policy (CEMP) was founded in 2010 at George Mason University. What was the reason for creating it? What is the purpose and thinking behind it?
Andrew Hughes Hallett (AHH): Two key reasons, one internal and one external, played a role in creating CEMP. In the School of Public Policy we have a number of economists with particular interests. We have experts on trade and finance, foreign exchange, economic governance, integration issues, international economic policy, and regional studies. We created the Center to bring together those people with shared interests in economic policy and emerging markets. This is a comparative advantage on our part.Read more...
Agenda for the President 2011-2015
On August 14, 2011 Argentina held primaries for its upcoming legislative and presidential elections scheduled to take place on October 23, with a potential presidential run-off election on November 20, if needed. This busy electoral year presents a unique opportunity to push for issue-based debate among candidates on key policy challenges facing the country.Read more...
Why Focus on Economic Journalism?
Reliable economic and business journalism is something individuals and businesses take largely for granted in developed economies. Leading publications have widespread coverage of financial markets, corporate news and key economic indicators that are of crucial importance for the livelihoods, employment opportunities, and investments of ordinary people.
It wasn't always that way. It wasn’t always that way. As business reporter Chris Welles wrote:
For years, business economics and finance journalism was a bleak wasteland — ‘the most disgracefully neglected sector of American journalism,’ according to former NBCtelevision correspondent and former dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism School Elie Abel. If you did a lousy job covering city hall, couldn’t hack it writing obituaries, weren’t too swift taking classified ads over the telephone, then they sent you to the business section. Maybe they even made you business editor.
CIPE: Some of the key aspects of women’s empowerment — political, economic, and civic — are fundamentally linked. How do you view these connections and why are they important?
Henrietta Holsman Fore (HHF): The connections between different areas of women’s empowerment are complex and unique to every society where they have been evolving throughout history. It is important for women to have access to democratic processes, such as voting, but what women do with that access is also important. Empowerment comes from full participation beyond voting, which means inclusion in all political, economic, and civic activities.
Equal economic participation is also fundamental to empowerment. It is not enough for men and women to have equal access to the same career opportunities — they must also have equality of pay, responsibilities, roles, and respect in organizations, be they in government, the private sector, or civil society groups. Men and women’s equal partnership at all levels is essential to women’s empowerment.Read more...
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