Lebanon

Weekly Report: Middle East and North Africa

Egypt – The Federation of Economic Development Associations (FEDA) held a two-day roundtable in the Beni Suef governorate to discuss laws that limit small businesses and commercial and industrial licensing. The roundtable was part of FEDA's current effort to propose legislative revisions to laws hampering the growth of SMEs.

Weekly Report: Middle East and North Africa

Lebanon – The Development of People and Nature Association (DPNA) began facilitating internships for university students through its Entrance to Enterprise Internship Center. The Center aims to provide internship opportunities for 40 university students and recent graduates in local entrepreneurial ventures, accompanied by training and mentorship in civics, leadership, and business skills. Through this groundbreaking initiative, DPNA is helping to fill an existing gap between educational outputs and the market for entrepreneurs in Lebanon.

Weekly Update: MENA

Yemen – Private Sector Taskforce President Ahmed Bazara attended a Ramadan breakfast meeting hosted by new U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller. In attendance were Yemeni Deputy Minister of Finance Hossam Sharjabi and members of the Yemeni executive branch Amat-Alim Alsoswa and Raafat Alokhali, as well as representatives from the private sector and the government. During the meeting, attendees discussed the economic situation in Yemen and potential ways to promote economic cooperation between the United States and Yemen.

Weekly Update: MENA

Bahrain – CIPE Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Abdulwahab Alkebsi and Assistant Program Officer John Zanikos, together with Bahraini partner Seed, held an introductory meeting of the steering committee invited to lead the CIPE-supported program, “Improving the Delivery of Entrepreneurship Initiative.” Members of the steering committee are stakeholders in Bahrain’s entrepreneurship development community, including government officials, Members of Parliament, the

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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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: Multiregional

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Leaders of the new women’s chamber of commerce in Papua New Guinea attend training program led by CIPE; CIPE partner opens new advocacy and legal advice center in Lebanon; EmprendeAhora participants create democracy videos

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

Lebanon – On November 28, CIPE partner the Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA), in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Education’s Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD), convened a meeting in Beirut with civil society leaders to introduce a national program for Life-Long Entrepreneurial Learning (LLEL).

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE releases special report, Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success; CIPE partner in Lebanon organizes event to increase awareness of youth entrepreneurship; CIPE Executive Director speaks at conference on combating global poverty

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – On September 23 in Cairo, CIPE and human rights law firm United Group held a day-long conference entitled “Transitional Justice in the Egyptian Context.”  The first of its kind, the conference aimed to explore how Egypt can address issues of transitional justice, not only in terms of past instances of crime and corruption, but also the institutions necessary to prevent such future corruption.  Participants included 220 representatives of government, the private sector, political parties, civil society, academia, and the media.  Minister of

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