Egypt

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

HIGHLIGHTS
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…

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – CIPE held the second of its New Egypt Forum roundtables of opinion leaders in Alexandria, with 32 academics, political leaders, business leaders, journalists, and senior government officials from various political and ideological perspectives coming together to discuss the issue of economic social justice.  Participants attempted to define social justice and discussed the economic implications of applying it, examining areas such as the Egyptian constitution, the state budget, the health care and education sectors, the private sector, and t

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt - CIPE held the second of its New Egypt Forum roundtables of opinion leaders in Alexandria, Egypt on June 12-13, 2014. The forum convened 32 academics, political leaders, business leaders, journalists, and senior government officials from various political and ideological perspectives to discuss the issue of economic social justice.

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…

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