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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.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – The Kogi Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (KOCOBPA) met with representatives of the Nigerian Police, Kogi Command and MacCorps Chaplaincy Nigeria to raise awareness and solicit buy-in for its CIPE-supported advocacy program on the security of Kogi state. The security agencies promised to partner with KOCOBPA on the program. The Commissioner assured them of future cooperation whenever needed. Similarly, KOCOBPA visited two media organizations including Radio Kogi and Prime FM to discuss publicizing the program.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Enugu Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (ECOBPA) successfully mediated a resolution over a tax-related dispute between the Enugu Board of Internal Revenue (EBIR) and the Eastern Nigeria Industrial Center. Following an announcement by the EBIR that it planned close down the Industrial Center due to lack of tax payment by its members, the Industrial Center – which is a cluster of micro and small businesses in Enugu – argued that the taxes were too high and exceeded their members’ capacity to pay.

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE Program Officer Lars Benson and CIPE Field Representative Ben Kiragu met with partners the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, and the Institute of Economic Affairs to explore opportunities for linkages among partners engaged in similar work. Benson and Kiragu also met with representatives from the Catholic University of East Africa, African Management Initiative, and USAID.

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.

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