Iraq

Review of Eight Iraqi Provincial Business Agendas

Executive Summary A provincial business agenda (PBA) is a vital tool for the local business community to encourage investment by stimulating business activity and economic growth. Private sector organizations in many countries develop agendas that help identify and prioritize the legislative and economic reforms necessary to advance their countries’ economies. Read more…

Weekly Update: MENA

Iraq – The Kurdistan Economic Development Organization (KEDO) recently published its CIPE-supported policy paper entitled "Reform of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Regional Budget" and distributed it to public and private sector institutions in the Kurdistan region. KEDO presented the policy paper to the Minister of Finance, Sulaymaniyah University, the Economists Syndicate in Sulaymaniyah, and the Economic Forum. The Kurdistan regional parliament has requested copies for further distribution.

Weekly Update: MENA

Iraq – The Kurdistan Economic Development Organization (KEDO) recently published its CIPE-supported policy paper entitled "Reform of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Regional Budget" in Kurdish and Arabic and distributed it to public and private sector institutions in the Kurdistan region. KEDO presented the policy paper to the Minister of Finance, Sulaymaniyah University, the Economists Syndicate in Sulaymaniyah, and the Economic Forum.

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.

Finding the Private Sector’s Voice in Iraq

Jenna Mace, Article at a glance According to CIPE’s 2012 Iraqi Business Survey, while Iraqi businessmen are guardedly optimistic about economic prospects in the country, private sector actors remain wary of a political and security environment that is unconducive to business. Surveyed businessmen identified corruption as the top non-security threat to the Iraqi private sector, with 26 percent of respondents noting that the key reason corruption prevails is that politicians condone and cover up bribes. Though business opportunities for women have expanded since 2004, more than two-thirds of surveyed businessmen indicated that women did not have equal opportunities to start businesses in Iraq. Read more…

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

Iraq – On October 2, CIPE partner the Assembly of Al-Inbithaq organized the first of a planned series of advocacy sessions for the educational sector based on the Wasit Provincial Business Agenda.

Weekly Update: MENA

Iraq – On August 21 and 24, CIPE partner Shams Al-Janoub organized expanded roundtable discussions on construction and agricultural sectors for the Maysan Provincial Business Agenda. Representatives of the Maysan government, including Investment Committee Chairman Mohammed Al-Hilfi, joined private sector representatives from the Maysan Chamber of Commerce, IBMU-Maysan branch, business associations, foreign investors, civil society, academics, and the media to review issues pertaining to each sector and develop specific reform recommendations.

Weekly Update: MENA

Iraq – CIPE partner Shams Al-Janoub held an expanded roundtable on Maysan’s banking sector for the Maysan Provincial Business Agenda. Thirty-three participants including Chairwoman of Civil Society Committee Siham Al-Okaili, representatives of the Provincial Investment Commission, IBMU-Maysan branch, Maysan Chamber of Commerce, public and private banks, businessmen, civil society organizations, and academia contributed to the event.

Weekly Update: MENA

Iraq On July 31 and August 3, CIPE partner Shams al-Janoub held the second and third roundtable discussions on Maysan’s agricultural sector to develop the Maysan Business Agenda. Approximately 25 participants, including public officials in the agricultural agencies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics, attended each event. Participants considered issues affecting growth in the agricultural sector and developed recommendations to address them.

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