April 15, 2014

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Nasarawa Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (NACOBPA) organized a business forum in Lafia for members. They discussed the findings of a field survey NACOBPA recently conducted on reforming the tax administration in Nasarawa state. As a result, they formed a draft policy position paper that will be used in future engagement with public sector officials on tax issues affecting the state’s business environment.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

Founder of CIPE partner the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) Selima Ahmad wins 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award; CIPE leads training program on leadership for students in Azerbaijan; CIPE organizes a focus group meeting on value chain compliance practices in Pakistan

Weekly Update: South Asia

Nepal – CIPE partner Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation held a session of its Econ-iti public forum on April 7 on “Tax Implications on the Private Sector of Nepal.” Twenty people attended, including legal and accounting professionals, corporate finance managers, and entrepreneurs. Samriddhi also held a series of consultations with stakeholders on “Economic Aspirations and Policy Priorities in Nepal” to gather feedback for their policy research.

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – The Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations conducted a training program for three small business associations. As the participating business groups are all in early stages of development, this training program provided very basic and introductory instruction.

Weekly Update: Eurasia

Albania – CIPE Program Officer for Eastern Europe and Eurasia Natalia Otel Belan visited Tirana from April 6-8 to work with CIPE partners, the Albanian Center for Economic Research and the Albanian Meat Importers and Producers Association. Belan discussed the preliminary results of an implementation gap analysis of the tax inspection process in Albania.

Weekly Update: Latin America and the Caribbean

Bolivia – On April 4, Fundación Milenio released its weekly economic analysis bulletin featuring an analysis of the most recent economic figures from Tarija state. These economic analysis bulletins form part of CIPE’s and Milenio’s efforts to cultivate a more informed citizenship in the area of economic policy. They are available for download in Spanish on Milenio’s website.

Weekly Update: MENA

Tunisia – CIPE MENA Program Officer for the Maghreb Pamela Beecroft held a strategic planning workshop on advocacy with Tunisian partner Institut arabe des chefs d'entreprises (IACE), which took place as part of IACE's new project with CIPE on improving the local business environment through municipal-level reforms.

April 7, 2014

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – Per request of the U.S. Embassy, CIPE and its partner the Ethiopia Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) met with U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Counselor Francis Peters, US Embassy Commercial Officer Cheryl Monticello, and U.S. Embassy Commercial Specialist Abdulkader Hussen to discuss the newly established Ethiopian Chamber Academy accomplishments so far as well as planned activities in the upcoming two years, and the role of the Chamber Academy in the East African region.

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – CIPE anti-corruption partner Silaka conducted its first radio broadcast promoting awareness of the CIPE-Silaka anti-corruption program, and of the importance of civic involvement in anti-corruption issues. As part of its partnership with CIPE, Silaka assembled a coalition of local NGOs, businesses and village leaders in Kampong Thom province, and CIPE helped Silaka build the capacity of this coalition to serve as an anti-corruption watchdog and good governance advocate.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

CIPE partner launches Ethiopian Chamber Academy; CIPE leads coalition-building and advocacy training workshop for the Young Entrepreneurs Association in Jordan; CIPE KnowHow mentor visits mentee association in Kenya


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