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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.
The Private Sector in Post-Conflict Countries
What role the private sector plays – and how it is defined – in helping countries emerge from conflict has become an important consideration in the development community. Private sector engagement in conflict resolution is increasingly relevant as many fragile democracies are struggling to break the vicious circle of socio-economic underdevelopment and the resulting instability.
By focusing on tangible outcomes, such as providing jobs, creating wealth, delivering goods and services, and promoting stability, that are key to long-term growth and development, the private sector can move countries away from political bickering to the design and implementation of concrete policy priorities and visible improvements in citizen’s quality of life.Read more...
This year, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding. CIPE was created in 1983 and is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the history of our organization, the successes and challenges over the years, and – most importantly – what lies ahead and why CIPE’s work is more important today than ever before.
CIPE was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are inextricably intertwined. This idea, that progress comes through a combination of political and economic reforms, has gained weight over the years and is becoming more widely recognized. However, that idea was not unanimously accepted in the 1980s and neither is it now. Many proponents of democracy assistance keep asking: why should we be concerned with market economy? CIPE’s belief is that private enterprise plays an important role in developing and sustaining democracy.Read more...
Introduction: Ghana’s Agricultural Sector
Agriculture is the backbone of many developing economies, as it is in Ghana. The largest sector of the economy is agriculture, accounting for 60-70 percent of the labor force, about 40 percent of GDP, and more than 55 percent of foreign exchange earnings. Ghana’s agriculture is dominated by small farmers and the average size of farms is less than an acre. Yet, despite their large numbers, rural entrepreneurs often lack proper representation and a unified voice in policy debates on the issues crucial to their livelihood. Most of them are not able to access credit, inputs, extension services (use of research-based knowledge to improve farming), and markets for their produce. This makes an increase in agricultural productivity and income generated by it difficult.Read more...
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