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Strategies for Policy Reform Volume 3

Kim Bettcher, Teodora Mihaylova, Julie Johnson, Case Studies in Achieving Democracy That Delivers Through Better Governance Major global trends are changing the way we approach international assistance and policy reform. Private sector-led growth has produced enormous opportunities, even as market freedom and access to opportunity remain uneven. Political upheaval has raised hopes for democratic freedoms, yet freedom too often is undermined by poor governance. Read more…

Asia

China– The Unirule Institute of Economics continued its series of public policy discussion forums in Beijing. The topic of the latest forum was “Implications of China’s Economic Growth.” Keynote speaker Professor Nie Huihua, a well-known scholar on the contemporary history of China, argued that understanding the implications of China’s economic growth is crucial to long-term development. Professor Nie pointed out that the costs of China’s rapid growth include problems such as corruption, poor governance, and environmental degradation.

Multiregional Weekly Updates

HIGHLIGHTS

CIPE executive director and Board member both recognized by Ethisphere Institute as one of 2014’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics; CIPE supported program yields tax code amendments in Albania; Thai anti-corruption coalition now numbers 400 member companies.

Asia Weekly Updates

Philippines - Regional Director John Callebaut traveled to Manila to speak on association governance at the Second Annual Association Executive Summit hosted by the Philippine Council for the Advancement of Association Executives.

Multiregional Weekly Updates

HIGHLIGHTS

More than 400 people attend 5th Annual Collective Action Against Corruption Conference in Thailand; CIPE partner holds workshop on corporate governance in the West Bank; advocacy efforts by CIPE partner in Afghanistan result in business-friendly policy changes

Asia Weekly Updates

ASIA

Tackling the Supply Side of Corruption in Thailand

John Morrell, Corruption is widespread in Thailand, hindering business activity and impeding economic growth. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Thailand ranks 102 out of 177 countries and territories. Read more…

Weekly Update: Asia

China – The Unirule Institute of Economics continued its series of public policy forums in Beijing with a discussion titled “A Comparative Study of China’s Supply and Demand Structure.” Academy of Macroeconomic Research Institute Professor Song Li explained that the process by which China can move from “Made in China” to “Invented in China” is hindered by heavy business taxes and a lack of policy reforms.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

Washington, DC –CIPE and Freedom House hosted a panel discussion titled “Advancing Political and Economic Freedom in Africa: A Strategic Path for U.S.-Africa Relations” in the lead up to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Weekly Update: Asia

Thailand – The Thai Institute of Directors (IOD) added 31 additional companies to its Collective Action Against Corruption Coalition, bringing the total number of companies in this anti-corruption coalition to 323. Moreover, IOD is now aggressively implementing its certification mechanism, a methodology developed by CIPE and IOD in which coalition companies undergo a thorough review that verifies whether or not they are actually living up to the standards of the IOD-led coalition.

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