Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – Per request of the U.S. Embassy, CIPE and its partner the Ethiopia Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) met with U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Counselor Francis Peters, US Embassy Commercial Officer Cheryl Monticello, and U.S. Embassy Commercial Specialist Abdulkader Hussen to discuss the newly established Ethiopian Chamber Academy accomplishments so far as well as planned activities in the upcoming two years, and the role of the Chamber Academy in the East African region.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

CIPE partner launches Ethiopian Chamber Academy; CIPE leads coalition-building and advocacy training workshop for the Young Entrepreneurs Association in Jordan; CIPE KnowHow mentor visits mentee association in Kenya

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – CIPE Field Representative Hailemelekot Asfaw traveled to Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) in Southern Ethiopia to meet with the SNNPR Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association, the City Chambers of Hawassa and Dilla, and the SNNPR Women’s Entrepreneurs Association. Asfaw met with the leaders of each association to discuss common business challenges and the formation of a region-wide business coalition to work on a Regional Business Agenda (RBA).

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: Africa

Ethiopia – CIPE Program Officer Julie Craig and CIPE Field Representative Hailemelekot Asfaw traveled to Mekelle in the Tigray region to meet with CIPE partners the Mekelle Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (MCCSA) and the Tigray Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (TCCSA).

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – In partnership with the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA), CIPE hosted a Training of Trainers in Addis Ababa for Ethiopian consultants who will become the faculty and trainers of the ECCSA Chamber Academy. Modeled after the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organization Management, the Chamber Academy will provide a multi-year certification training program for Ethiopian leaders and managers of chambers of commerce, business associations, and not-for-profit organizations.

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – The Advisory Board representing CIPE’s program in Ethiopia met with the Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) to discuss EAA’s training, leadership, and management programs. CIPE is supporting the development of a chamber and non-profit management and education program, called the Chamber Academy, with the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA).

Weekly Update: Asia

Kenya – CIPE partner the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) facilitated a meeting in Nakuru between the County Assembly Finance Committee and 12 representatives of the flower sector to address taxes for agriculture products. Members of the flower sector submitted a proposal on their concern that if new taxes are introduced at the County level, they will duplicate taxes paid to the federal government’s Horticulture Development Agency. The Committee agreed to study the proposal.

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia CIPE partner the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) coordinated the 2013 Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum held in Addis Ababa for government and private sector representatives from 39 countries. AGOA is a U.S. Congressional Act that increases access to trade from sub-Saharan Africa into the U.S. market through duty-free benefits. The AGOA Forum provided a platform for companies to exhibit their products and services, network, and participate on numerous panels.

Weekly Update: Africa

Cote d’Ivoire – The Federation des Artisans de la Cote d’Ivoire (FEDACI) conducted a two-day workshop for its members in Abidjan to share lessons learned on association management and effective advocacy from CIPE’s recent capacity-building workshops. FEDACI is Cote d’Ivoire’s apex private sector association that represents the interests of the artisanal sector. This especially includes the informal portion of the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises sector.


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