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- This article summarizes the main barriers to entry and growth as experienced by entrepreneurs and business owners in Egypt and Tunisia, and looks at regional differences within each country, differences between formal and informal enterprises, and differences by gender of business owners.
- Top barriers to growth in 2013 were reported to be political instability and public disorder, administrative inefficiency, and restrained access to finance. Even among formal businesses, informal mechanisms often compensate for the absence of effective state institutions and the rule of law.
- Administrative reforms and deeper investments in infrastructure and human capital are needed to build the business-friendly ecosystem needed to generate jobs, grow the economy, and create opportunities for all citizens
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...
The benefits of political participation
Political and economic realities are intertwined. Progress in one dimension reinforces progress in the other. These are the two principal elements of empowerment.
Women’s political participation has been slowly improving. In the last ten years, for example, the rate of participation in Parliaments has grown from 13% to almost 18%. Currently there are fewer than 20 women heads of state or government, and women hold about 16% of ministerial portfolios. Clearly the figure ought to be much better, especially when exceptional women like Germany’s Angela Merkel and Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have demonstrated the strong qualities that women bring to political leadership.Read more...
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