Nigeria

Weekly Report: Multiregional

HIGHLIGHTS
CIPE hosts workshop on private sector participation in elections in Nigeria; CIPE-supported advocacy efforts achieve results in Ukraine; youth entrepreneurship group in Egypt hosts seminar to develop policy recommendations on education

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…

Creating a Better Business Environment in Nigeria

Teodora Mihaylova, Since 2008, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Nigeria has focused on fostering a better business environment through regional public private dialogue initiatives in the North Central Zone and Southeastern parts of the country, encompassing a total of seven states. Nigeria’s federal system of governance has allowed CIPE and local partners to focus their work on regional and local level advocacy initiatives as they create the best opportunity for reform. Read more…

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – Precise Consult International hosted a reception in Addis Ababa to recognize more than 30 Ethiopian volunteer trainers. CIPE Field Representative Hailemelekot Asfaw and consultant Henok Assefa delivered welcome remarks and thanked the Ethiopian trainers who have participated in CIPE training sessions and provided instruction as part of the Ethiopian Chamber Academy, a professional management and leadership program of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA).

Weekly Update: Global

HIGHLIGHTS

CIPE-supported public-private dialogue encourages improved access to credit for Nigerian businesswomen; CIPE leads civil society workshop in Yemen; CIPE initiates development of a provincial business agenda in Afghanistan’s Balkh province

Weekly Update: Africa

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.

Programs in Nigeria

CIPE has supported business associations, civil society groups, and think tanks in Nigeria for more than 25 years to strengthen the private sector’s active participation in the democratic process. Since 2008, CIPE has worked with business and professional associations across all six geopolitical zones and Abuja to build the capacity of the private sector at the state and grassroots level to promote policy and regulatory reform, advocate for a more enabling business environment, and contribute to democratic governance. Read more…

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: 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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