Democracy in Action: Legal and Regulatory Reform

In many countries, poorly designed, duplicative, or unnecessary laws and regulations create roadblocks for entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their businesses. Such regulations create opportunities for corruption and deter businesses from registering, forcing them into the informal sector where they do not have access to legal protections or the finance they need to grow. CIPE's unique approach to legal and regulatory reform helps private sector associations become a voice of business in public policy debate, so that entrepreneurs can jointly identify problem areas and work with governments toward concrete solutions.

Political Parties Ask Business Community to Present Economic Manifesto for Pakistan

By Moin Fudda, CIPE Pakistan Country Director

For the fifth year in a row, on February 25-26, 2013, leaders of Pakistan’s business community assembled at Bhurban near Islamabad to participate at the Fifth All Pakistan Chamber Presidents Conference. Thirty-three chamber presidents representing large and small chambers from across Pakistan deliberated on how the next government should act on improving conditions for doing business in Pakistan. This year’s conference was unique as, for the first time in this history of Pakistan, representatives from five key political parties faced direct questions from business leaders.

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Closing the Implementation Gap

By Maiko Nakagaki, CIPE Global Program Officer

In every country, sound laws are a key foundation of democratic governance and economic development. Crafting such laws, however, is only part of the path to success. The other half is making sure that the laws are properly implemented – which is often more challenging. When laws and regulations are not properly adopted, such discrepancy creates an implementation gap – the difference between laws on the books and how they function in practice.

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CIPE and the Private Sector’s Role in Cote d’Ivoire’s Fragile Democracy

By Yana Hongla, CIPE Program Officer for Africa

In Cote d’Ivoire, CIPE is engaged in a multi-year program to enhance the capacity of Ivorian private sector associations, particularly in the small and medium enterprises sector (SME), to drive advocacy initiatives for market-oriented policy reforms and a functional democracy. This new program in Cote d’Ivoire also takes account of the post-conflict nature of the society and the transitional phase of its economy.

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Creating a Framework for Micro and Small Enterprise Growth

The key to Kenya’s political and economic future is its vibrant micro and small enterprise sector. It currently provides 78 percent of the country’s total employment, more than 90 percent of new jobs, and 18 percent of GDP. The passage of the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) Bill on December 31, 2012 is therefore a milestone in the nation’s evolution. It is the first significant legislation targeting Kenya’s micro and small business environment in several decades and provides a framework for its promotion, development, and regulation.

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