Ethiopia

Weekly Update: Africa

Washington, DC – As part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), CIPE participated in the Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo where 500 young leaders from throughout Africa learned more about organizations and resources available to them once they return to their home countries. CIPE Program Officers Julie Craig, Maiko Nakagaki, and Erica Poff met with the fellows at the CIPE table and shared information about CIPE’s work in sub-Saharan Africa as well as CIPE’s youth programming.

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – CIPE partner the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade hosted a Public Private Dialogue (PPD) Forum that focused on several important business issues, including access to finance, loan systems for small and medium business firms, regulatory issues, tax audit systems, and the need for a private sector road map in developing the country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attended the event,which was opened by ECCSA President Solomon Afework.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

HIGHLIGHTS
CIPE partner in Ethiopia launches new Youth and Women’s Business Unit; CIPE partner holds entrepreneurship training program in Venezuela; CIPE partner in Pakistan conducts annual conference with more than 100 business leaders

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

HIGHLIGHTS
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).

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