Cambodia

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: 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: Asia

Cambodia – The Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA) recently recruited three business associations as members of CAMFEBA, the first step of an initiative with CIPE to strengthen private business associations in Cambodia. These three business associations will undergo a diagnostic assessment that evaluates their institutional weaknesses and areas of need. This review will establish baselines for assessing each organization’s improvement over time.

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – Silaka, CIPE’s anti-corruption partner in Cambodia, has assembled a coalition of local NGOs, small businesses and village representatives in a select province of Cambodia, and has built the capacity of this grassroots coalition to function as an anti-corruption watchdog and good governance advocate at the local level of government.

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – Silaka, CIPE’s anti-corruption partner in Cambodia, recently conducted a “bidder registration workshop” for local companies in Kampong Thom province. CIPE is partnering with Silaka to reduce corruption and promote transparency in local government spending in Cambodia, and one component of this highly innovative program is to help more local companies participate in local government tenders. CIPE believes that increased competition will make bribery and other illegalities more difficult, and consequently less prevalent.

Weekly Update: Asia

Thailand – The Thai Institute of Directors (IOD) convened a strategic review session with the other business associations that are part of the Collective Action Against Corruption initiative, made up of over 230 Thai and multinational firms. These other business groups include the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Thai Industries, and the Thai Bankers Associations. This meeting was required because IOD’s term as secretariat is set to expire at the end of this year.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE participates in corporate governance conference in Pakistan; CIPE partner in Cambodia conducts three-day anti-corruption training workshop; CIPE partners in Kenya launch popular version of the Micro Small Enterprise Legislation

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – Asia Program Officer John Morrell is in Phnom Penh, Cambodia leading CIPE's business association development program there. Using business association experts from CIPE's office in Pakistan, and advocacy trainers from the Philippines, CIPE is conducting a week-long intensive training session for the Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA). CAMFEBA is Cambodia's largest independent business association.

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – The Joint Procurement Monitoring Committee (JPMC), the coalition of companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) being led by CIPE partner Silaka, took a major step forward towards becoming an effective anti-corruption watchdog when it monitored its first government tender. Silaka is also working to increase local business participation in provincial tenders in an effort to improve service delivery through greater competition.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE partner in Bangladesh holds dialogues on women entrepreneurs’ access to finance and market; a representative from CIPE partner in Moldova participates in televised debate on the importance of small businesses; CIPE partner in Cambodia holds training workshop on anti-corruption

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