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Africa Weekly Updates

AFRICA

Africa Weekly Updates

AFRICA

Africa Weekly Updates

AFRICA

Africa Weekly Updates

Ethiopia - Twenty-five participants representing city chambers and women entrepreneurial and sector-based associations participated in a training program to develop a regional business agenda (RBA) in Hawassa. The program was hosted by CIPE, along with implementing partner Precise Consult and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), and the International Finance Corporation.

Africa Weekly Updates

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Kenya - The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) attended a stakeholder forum in Mombasa to discuss the county’s 2014 Finance Bill; proposed tax streams are a key interest for the private sector. KAM representatives also attended a stakeholder forum in Kiambu to advocate for tax policy reform and the necessity of submitting the Bill for public input. CIPE is supporting KAM and a coalition of 56 business associations to advocate for policy reforms at the county level.

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Kenya - CIPE partner the Kenya Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) attended a conference organized by the Organization of Africa Trade Union Unity on issues faced by informal sector workers. Representatives from 15 African countries attended the forum and discussed issues such as advocating the Kenyan government to implement the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) Act, which provides a framework for MSE promotion, development, and regulation.

Democracy in Action: International Day of Democracy

In recognition of International Day of Democracy on September 15, this issue of Democracy in Action focuses on CIPE’s efforts around the world to support and expand democratic governance. Between free and fair elections, citizens need avenues to participate in decision making, stay informed, and hold government accountable for its performance. Many democracies are facing pressure to deliver citizens’ needs for social services and economic opportunity. Read more…

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE Senior Program Officer for Africa Lars Benson and CIPE Field Representative Ben Kiragu facilitated a two-day workshop for the Board of Directors of CIPE partner the Kenya Association of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) in Nakuru. In addition, CIPE held meetings with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, National Taxpayers Association, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Catholic University of East Africa, and the British High Commission.

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) held their annual Board meeting during which they reviewed the organization’s success in advocating for policy and regulatory reforms. For example, KEPSA successfully advocated for a reduction in the time required to register property from 73 to 12 days, and the time necessary for companies to pay various taxes from seven days to one day.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network organized a high-level business roundtable to discuss the findings of its field survey on credit access challenges faced by women and other micro and small enterprise entrepreneurs. Chief among the reasons found were unreasonable criteria for eligibility, inability to provide collateral due to a lack of property rights, and very high interest rates.

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