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- The process of globalization and increased rates of urbanization are forcing countries to rethink their approach to economic policy.
- Widespread reluctance to implement comprehensive reforms and burdensome legal and regulatory regimes are impediments to economic growth and entrepreneurship.
- Enterprise Cities, akin to free trade zones, are one possible solution to this problem. These are special jurisdictions with investor-friendly legal and regulatory policies that create the pre-conditions for entrepreneurship and stimulate competition-based growth.
Reviving an economic base is one of the first priorities in the wake of war. Small- and medium-sized enterprises are crucial to resuscitating society and fighting the devastation of poverty that war leaves behind. Increasingly, women are joining men in creating their own ventures. Not only is their work helping to reach the most vulnerable parts of society – women supporting their own households – but their businesses are also contributing to their countries’ progress at an important time.Read more...
Democracy and free enterprise ideas are under attack in Latin America. Despite countless efforts toward reforming economic and political institutions to promote economic freedom, many of these reforms have been perceived as “recipes” imposed by international financial organizations and foreign governments - a costly misperception exacerbated by the top-down approach used to develop public policies that are designed and debated exclusively by technocrats.Read more...
The federal fiscal system in Argentina is in a state of disrepair. Rather than providing equality, transparency, and stability for Argentina’s federal and provincial governments, the system exacerbates the country’s pervasive inequalities, corrupt practices, and instability. One of the reasons for the failures of the fiscal system is lack of civil society participation in the policymaking process.Read more...
Many in the Ukrainian business community believe that the successful resolution of Ukraine’s challenges lies in free and democratic competition, private enterprise development, and property rights. Yet, the business community has rarely united its diverse voices to advocate for policies needed to foster growth and economic freedom. On November 14-15, 2005, CIPE and its partners the Institute for Competitive Society (ICS) and the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) did just this.Read more...
During the 1990s, the Republic of Montenegro struggled to establish itself as an outpost of economic reform and democratic development in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Faced with economic and political opposition from the Belgrade regime of Slobodan Milosevic, the tiny republic has been struggling to develop its own institutions in an attempt to insulate itself from the disastrous effects of Milosevic’s isolationist and self-serving rule. A key element of Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic’s government’s strategy to strengthen Montenegro’s economy and survive the difficult relationship with Serbia was to develop robust economic institutions and effect hard-hitting reforms to strengthen the private sector. The importance of private sector ownership and control of the economy, as well as the need to create sound independent financial institutions around which such an economy could flourish, were the priorities upon which the government developed its program of reforms.Read more...
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