Nigeria

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Nasarawa Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (NACOBPA) organized a business forum in Lafia for members. They discussed the findings of a field survey NACOBPA recently conducted on reforming the tax administration in Nasarawa state. As a result, they formed a draft policy position paper that will be used in future engagement with public sector officials on tax issues affecting the state’s business environment.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria Twelve members of the Niger Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (NICOBPA) met with the Niger state Commissioner of Police to raise awareness on their efforts to strengthen security as a means to grow business. The Commissioner received the NICOBPA delegation favorably, stating that the police are prepared to partner with the coalition to ensure adequate security for good business operations in the state. She also provided hotlines that could be called in emergency situations.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE Program Officer Erica Poff and CIPE Program Coordinator Desmond Irabor met with selected member-associations of the CIPE-supported coalition of women’s business associations. The visits allowed CIPE's team to engage both the leadership and members of these associations on various issues, including association governance and advocacy.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – As a result of CIPE-supported capacity building, the Association of Nigerian Business Women Network (ANBWN) held its first general meeting. Eighteen people attended the meeting representing 14 association members. Some of the issues discussed included registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and sustainability through a dues system.

Weekly Update: Africa

Cote d’Ivoire – CIPE partner coalition Le Réseau des Organizations Professionnelles et des PME de Cote d'Ivoire (ROPPCI) met in Abidjan to formally establish the Collège des Présidents, an oversight body comprised of the presidents from ROPPCI’s member associations. The body will guide the coalition’s mission, activities, and will be responsible for expanding membership to new associations. The Collège members elected Dr. Joesph Boguifo, President of the member the Association of Private Clinics, to lead the group.

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

Kenya – CIPE consultants Ben Kiragu and Mark Oxley met with the newly elected board of the Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) to discuss the organization’s vision under the new leadership. In addition, the CIPE consultants conducted four focus groups, each with ten of KENASVIT’s small business members, in Nakuru, Nyeri, Machakos, and Nairobi to discuss what services members desire from the national organization.

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE hosted a meeting in Nairobi for eight Kenyan partners to discuss successes they have had on public policy advocacy, budget monitoring, and public-private dialogue. During the meeting, partners also explored new initiatives on which to collaborate including advocacy campaigns in Nairobi. CIPE and its partners also spoke about the need for improved techniques and attention on monitoring and evaluation.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria CIPE hosted a workshop at its field office in Lagos for representatives of the Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICANs) on the role of the media in business advocacy. Participants from CICANs, a media association created as the result of a CIPE-funded project on business journalism in 1990, represented 14 Lagos-based media organizations including the Guardian Newspaper, the Punch Newspaper, the Nation Newspaper, the Vanguard Newspaper and many more.

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