Egypt

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – On March 30, CIPE, in cooperation with the Health Governance and Transparency Association (HeGTA), released Principles & Guidelines for Governance in Hospitals in both Arabic and English.

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – Members of the Gharbeya Entrepreneurs Society (GES), joined by CIPE Program Officer Lobna Afify, met on March 11-12 in the Delta city of Tanta to develop the details of GES’ action plan to implement the short term vision developed by the group in December 2013. Bassam El Shanawani was selected by GES members to be the lead plan coordinator.

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt CIPE held a three-day workshop on corporate governance for family business in Alexandria from February 6-8, the last of a series of six. As the capstone of their course, 20 leaders of family businesses presented a plan for implementation of corporate governance in their firms in the short and long terms. More than half of the participants reported having already started to implement their plans at the time of this final workshop.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE Egypt Director speaks on panel on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); CIPE policy roundtable on the National Television of Afghanistan; CIPE participates in Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs East Africa Conference on Entrepreneurship

Informal Sector & Property Rights

The informal economy comprises half to three-quarters of all non-agricultural employees in developing countries. In countries with large informal sectors, business activities go unrecorded, taxes are not paid, opportunities for corruption are rampant, and many citizens are not able to participate in public policymaking. Informality is a symptom of underlying institutional problems. To harness the capital locked in the informal sector, governments must offer incentives that encourage entrepreneurs to formalize, such as a simplified business registration process. Read more…

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE partner presents Collective Action Against Corruption initiative to Stock Exchange of Thailand; CIPE partners in Moldova participate in televised debate on 2014 fiscal policy; CIPE-convened Egypt Tomorrow Economic Forum publishes paper entitled Economic Vision of Young Leaders

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – On December 8, Secretary General of CIPE partner the Federation of Economic Development Associations (FEDA) Abd El Motei Lotfy appeared on one of Egypt’s most-watched television programs, 25/30, on the OnTV network. Lotfy discussed policy challenges facing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and how to overcome them, basing his remarks on the recommendations laid out in FEDA’s CIPE-supported SME Reform Agenda.

Weekly Update: MENA

Lebanon – On November 28, CIPE partner the Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA), in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Education’s Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD), convened a meeting in Beirut with civil society leaders to introduce a national program for Life-Long Entrepreneurial Learning (LLEL).

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – On September 23 in Cairo, CIPE and human rights law firm United Group held a day-long conference entitled “Transitional Justice in the Egyptian Context.”  The first of its kind, the conference aimed to explore how Egypt can address issues of transitional justice, not only in terms of past instances of crime and corruption, but also the institutions necessary to prevent such future corruption.  Participants included 220 representatives of government, the private sector, political parties, civil society, academia, and the media.  Minister of

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – CIPE facilitated a one-day meeting of the Young Entrepreneurs Forum (YLF) to discuss and review the group’s draft policy document, entitled “The Egyptian Economy: Current Challenges and Recommendations.”  YLF members will release the document by the end of September.  The YLF is a group of 20 entrepreneurs who are also engaged as leaders in political parties, civil society organizations, media, and academia from across Egypt’s political spectrum. 

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