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On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its Pakistan office, CIPE seeks both to celebrate its accomplishments and learn from the challenges of its projects. CIPE is committed to deep engagement, supporting private sector- and civil society-led programs that can advance reforms to unleash the country’s vast economic potential.
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- Policy reform must be rooted in the business community and can be sustained by strong think tanks capable of monitoring and assessing government performance.
- Strengthening Pakistan’s democratic institutions must involve support for economic journalism to improve citizens’ access to information about reforms.
- Building links among Pakistani women entrepreneurs, and including them in broader regional networks, is a key factor in improving women’s lives in the country.
Although the macroeconomic situation throughout Latin America has been continuously improving, the citizens of many countries are turning toward radical leftist leaders. It is apparent that while statistics show growth and increasing prosperity, the average citizen has not reaped any of the benefits. Voters are expressing their frustration with their current socioeconomic status, their lack of options, and their exclusion from the economic system by choosing presidents like Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales.
To address the problems Latin America faces, the institutional environment must be reformed. Without institutional reforms that facilitate wealth creation, entrepreneurship, and enfranchisement, people will remain angry, and their anger will be perfectly justified. If Latin American leaders have the courage to address these issues in a fundamental way, there will not be a future for demagogues and populists.Read more...
Business is under increased pressure to invest and re-invest its resources and profits to meet the social needs and wants of the communities in which it operates. Although these pressures are not new, they have been rising with the spread of globalization and the growing gap between the world’s rich and the world’s poor. The corporate social responsibility debate has taken on a distinct meaning in developing countries, and in many cases the problems arise from the mistaken perceptions of and difficult experiences with market reforms. The result has been reversals from the course of democratic and free market reform as skeptics began to point their fingers at business and blame capitalism for corruption scandals, financial collapses, disastrous privatizations, and similar events.Read more...
The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) entered the new millennium saddled with a number of intricate challenges. The most thorny of these is how to register high enough economic growth rates in the coming years in order to absorb the nearly 25 million unemployed in the region, as well as generate an additional five million new jobs annually for the new entrants to the labor market. Failing to do so, the region is likely to find itself facing tens of millions of disgruntled workers and the ensuing social and political unrest. In order to avert this unenviable situation, it is imperative that the region encourages investment.Read more...
Corporate governance has taken root in development financing institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Th e Asian financial crisis of 1997 was a turning point for countries in the regions, stressing the need not just for corporate reform in the business community, but also the need for reforms in national development financing institutions (DFIs).Read more...
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...
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