South Asia

CIPE is working to advance democratic and economic reform in South Asia in a range of programmatic areas. These include strengthening mechanisms of public and corporate governance to help stem corruption, empowering women and youth through business associations and entrepreneurship training programs, and bringing new and independent voices to key policy debates in the region’s consolidating democracies.

Working on these issues will enable CIPE to create a strong network of individuals and groups throughout the region who are dedicated to reform.

Program Highlights in the South Asia Region

  • With support from the British High Commission in Islamabad, CIPE spearheaded the launch of the Pakistan- Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI), to promote economic cooperation between these countries. CIPE is providing technical assistance to develop PAJCCI’s board and staff and advice on advocacy approaches to improve cross-border trade.
  • CIPE’s roundtable with the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce on “The Role of the Private Sector in Reducing Corruption” was widely attended by representatives of the private sector, key government agencies, and the media and was a rare public discussion of cooperation between the government and business on the issue of corruption.
  • In Afghanistan, in cooperation with the National Center for Policy Research, CIPE held a major conference with business and government leaders to focus on improving the country’s business climate.

Read more about CIPE's programs in South Asia.

News by Region

"Pakistan's Evolving Corruption Landscape" featured in Ethisphere Magazine

"Stronger enforcement of international anti-corruption laws is forcing the business community in Pakistan to adapt," writes CIPE Senior Program Officer Frank Brown in a feature story for Ethisphere magazine.

With strong anti-bribery legislation now covering much of the developed world, multinationals are demanding that their suppliers and partners in emerging market countries like Pakistan institute tough new anti-corruption controls. Brown writes about how CIPE has been working with Pakistani firms to adapt to this new reality, ensuring that they can profit from being a part of global value chains while helping stamp out the kind of pervasive corruption that stifles the local economy.

BWCCI-CIPE Partnership in Bangladesh Wins First Place in Global Partnership Case Study Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) today announced its first plac

South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE Program Officer for Afghanistan Gregg Willhauck travelled

Publication by Region

Supporting Women’s Entrepreneurship Around the World

Article at a glance

  • Through associations, businesswomen can come together to address the social and economic challenges faced by female entrepreneurs.
  • Developing a successful National Businesswomen’s Agenda requires that associations conduct thorough research to identify social, economic, and cultural hindrances faced by women in the private sector. Sound research will boster associations’ advocacy.
  • Dialogue about women’s empowerment must engage male stakeholders. Involving men in conversations about women’s participation in the economy helps policymakers of both genders understand the importance of the legislative solutions being proposed, while also encouraging the challenge of social norms.

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