Weekly Update: MENA

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Caroline Scullin, cscullin@cipe.org, 202-721-9200

Bethlehem, PA – CIPE Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Greg Simpson gave a talk about Egypt this week at a session of the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions series sponsored by the YWCA of Bethlehem, PA. Former chairman of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and CIPE’s first chairman Ed Donley invited Simpson to speak and introduced him at the beginning of the session. Simpson spoke about the status of Egypt’s transition and progress toward democracy two years after the January 25 revolution. Simpson highlighted the importance of institutional reform and stressed that, while the past two years have been dominated by a focus on leadership selection, a transparent, accountable, and responsive government open to citizen participation in policymaking will be essential if Egypt’s new democracy is to deliver for its citizens. More than 80 participants were in attendance.

Lebanon – CIPE MENA Regional Director Abdulwahab Alkebsi and MENA Program Officer Stephen Rosenlund travelled to Lebanon for meetings with local partners and project stakeholders. Rosenlund and Alkebsi facilitated strategic planning sessions for both the Entrance to Enterprise (E2E) Alumni Network Steering Committee of the Development of People and Nature Association (DPNA) and for the Board of Directors of the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA). They also held meetings with a Syrian partner currently based in Beirut and with various stakeholders in CIPE’s Syria initiatives.

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