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- Women’s business organizations help address barriers to women’s participation in the political and economic life of their countries.
- CIPE’s experience in Bangladesh and Pakistan shows how to successfully overcome legal limitations and social resistance to establishment of women’s chambers of commerce.
- Women’s business organizations offer not only tangible benefits such as skills training or market access, but also intangible benefits such as confidence building and a more positive perception of women in business.
At the recent IV Summit of the Americas, 34 Heads of State and Government of the Americas gathered in Argentina to find solutions for some of the region’s most pressing challenges – to fight poverty and improve democratic governance. No one takes the challenges of job creation, competitiveness, and poverty reduction more seriously than the hemisphere’s business community. However, in order for the private sector to create the jobs necessary to developing the economy, the government must step in and implement certain policy reforms. Economic growth will not occur without free labor markets, reduced barriers to entrepreneurship, and open trade policies.
Business must work with governments to identify steps they can take, individually or jointly, to facilitate job creation, combat poverty, and enhance competitiveness — and this work must begin today. It is only through smart government reforms that the nations of the Americas will experience the low unemployment levels, falling poverty rates, and income gains that they have been working toward for years.Read more...
The Rose Revolution in Georgia was quickly hailed in the West as a democratic success story, inspiring a series of other “people-powered revolutions,” such as the ones in Ukraine, Lebanon, and Kyrgyzstan.
However, the euphoria surrounding the revolution has given way to the reality that democratic reforms are not progressing as they should. President Saakashvili has had a number of important successes, including police reform and development of market-based solutions to the social protection system. However, there have also been significant problems, including censorship in the media, constitutional changes that reduced the powers of the legislature and the judiciary, and government pressure on business. In many respects, Georgia is at a crossroads between a liberal democracy and the Russian model of so-called “managed democracy.”Read more...
In his interview with Alquds Daily Newspaper, CIPE Executive Director John D. Sullivan discusses issues of institutional governance and evaluates the path to economic recovery in Palestine. In strong economies, the private sector is the engine of economic growth, but in Palestine, various obstacles limit its ability to move the economy forward. In many cases, the business community is unable to assume a leadership role because the laws governing associations inhibit business organizations from becoming the “broad voice of Palestinian businesspeople.” In addition, other obstacles to economic recovery of the country include transportation restrictions, transaction costs, barriers to export, and lack of access to credit. These are the issues that must be resolved so that private enterprise in Palestine can become the driving force behind economic recovery.Read more...
Business associations play a crucial role in the economic development of every country. In post-conflict countries, however, associations have a heightened responsibility to facilitate the transition from war to reconstruction. Yet, it is important to note that there is no standard formula for initiating and sustaining the transition to a new system. In many post-conflict countries, circumstances beyond the private sector’s control often force business associations to adopt new approaches to economic development and, more importantly, develop a new paradigm of association management.
Associations must often take the lead in creating a new vision to address the needs of the business community while the government is occupied with rebuilding the political system and re-establishing order. The role of business associations in post-conflict countries is not only to facilitate the immediate renewal of the economy, but also the rebuilding of the country’s underlying economic, political, and social institutions.Read more...
In his interview with CIPE, Michael Novak discusses the universal features of the human desire for liberty and its connection to democracy in light of his recent book The Universal Hunger for Liberty: Why the Clash of Civilizations is not Inevitable. Mr. Novak explains that liberty is actually a tripartite system in which political liberty, economic liberty, and moral and cultural liberty must be blended together to form a balanced system. Free enterprise is an important component of this equation because entrepreneurs create jobs and add value so that others can become enfranchised and strive towards their own personal goals.
Mr. Novak also discusses the importance of religion and civil society in a democratic society. He presents Alexis de Tocqueville’s argument that religious values and active participation in civil society are needed for a democracy to grow and flourish. The strong connection between religion and the economy is also becoming more apparent, because religion instills the moral and cultural values essential to protect democracy and a dynamic economy.Read more...
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