Multiregional Weekly Updates


CIPE partner supports entrepreneurship initiatives in Bahrain; the private sector progresses solutions to security challenges in Nigeria; CIPE fosters women’s entrepreneurship through mentorships in Nicaragua

Africa Weekly Updates


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.

Weekly Report: Multiregional

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


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…


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