Egypt

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: A Study on Barriers to Growth in Tunisia and Egypt

Amr Adly, Article at a glance This article summarizes the main barriers to entry and growth as experienced by entrepreneurs and business owners in Egypt and Tunisia, and looks at regional differences within each country, differences between formal and informal enterprises, and differences by gender of business owners. Top barriers to growth in 2013 were reported to be political instability and public disorder, administrative inefficiency, and restrained access to finance. Even among formal businesses, informal mechanisms often compensate for the absence of effective state institutions and the rule of law. Administrative reforms and deeper investments in infrastructure and human capital are needed to build the business-friendly ecosystem needed to generate jobs, grow the economy, and create opportunities for all citizens Read the original Stanford study here. Read more…

Middle East and North Africa Weekly Updates

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Middle East and North Africa Weekly Updates

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

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450 Afghan private sector representatives attend meeting in Herat to launch development of a Provincial Business Agenda; CIPE undertakes new business advocacy project in Georgia; CIPE partner bolsters the role of the private sector in formal discussions of legislative priorities in Egypt

Middle East and North Africa Weekly Update

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Weekly Report: Middle East and North Africa

Egypt – The Federation of Economic Development Associations (FEDA) held a two-day roundtable in the Beni Suef governorate to discuss laws that limit small businesses and commercial and industrial licensing. The roundtable was part of FEDA's current effort to propose legislative revisions to laws hampering the growth of SMEs.

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CIPE hosts workshop on private sector participation in elections in Nigeria; CIPE-supported advocacy efforts achieve results in Ukraine; youth entrepreneurship group in Egypt hosts seminar to develop policy recommendations on education

Weekly Report: Middle East and North Africa

Egypt – Staff from CIPE’s Egypt office and partner the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES) participated in social media training in advance of CIPE and ECES’s “What If” project. “What If” aims to facilitate evidence-based debate on business and economic issues in Egypt. The project is centered on the dissemination, through social media, of economic facts and figures in a concise, timely and digestible daily release for the media and general public.

Weekly Update: Global

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CIPE begins initiative to address property rights violations in Burma; CIPE and the Society for International Development (SID)-Washington host discussion on a new strategy for civil society development in Africa; CIPE partner facilitates public-private dialogue on laws governing the business environment in Egypt.

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-Revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia

Amr Adly, After Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi self-immolated in 2010, the Arab region experienced a socially-motivated upheaval unlike anything the world had ever seen. Across the Middle East, Bouazizi and over sixty others sacrificed their lives to convey the despair that emerges from a life without freedom, opportunity, or dignity, particularly for entrepreneurs who are pushed to the informal sector. Read more…

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