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- During this Global Entrepreneurship Week, CIPE celebrates Karolo Perez Vigil, a young Peruvian entrepreneur and a graduate of CIPE’s EmprendeAhora program.
- Karolo and his teammates received first prize in the capstone EmprendeAhora business plan contest for their idea for a bio tourism venture in the San Martín region of Peru.
- Karolo leveraged the success of his company, BioAdventure, to create a larger enterprise, Selva Constructor. With over $304,000 in revenue, Selva provides work for eight employees in its headquarters and on average 60 laborers on construction sites.
Governance has become a buzzword in the development community, yet many continue to lack a clear understanding of the principle. In its essence, governance is an all-encompassing system that includes not only economic management, administrative procedures, and political factors, but is also subject to the influence of cultural and even religious factors.
Research and anecdotal evidence reveal that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is on the weak side with regard to institutional and regulatory frameworks and good governance practices. This clearly has had a negative impact on the region’s ability to better mobilize available resources and solidify sustainable development, an issue of crucial importance in light of the demographic pressures and the need to create employment opportunities for the millions of entrants to the labor market every year. The institutional and regulatory frameworks in the region are generally polarized between excessive regulation and red tape, on one side, and vague and inadequate rules and regulations on the other. The consequence of this is particularly harmful to the poor segments of the society.Read more...
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...
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