Weekly Update: Multiregional

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


CIPE hosts Free Enterprise and Democracy Network workshop in Peru; CIPE releases comprehensive study of the state of business associations in Egypt; CIPE program officers lead business association roundtable in Kyrgyzstan

  • Peru – CIPE hosted a Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN) partner workshop on “Spreading the Message of Economic Freedom and Democracy” at the World Movement for Democracy assembly, held in Lima, Peru CIPE partners and subject matter experts from around the world convened to discuss the linkages between economic freedom and democracy. Participants aimed to craft messages that will resonate around the world and identify ways that FEDN can amplify private sector voices in global debates on democracy.
  • Egypt – CIPE released a comprehensive study of the state of business associations in Egypt. Launched at an event in Cairo, the report presents findings and recommendations drawn from a series of interviews conducted between November 2011 and May 2012 with directors, members, and staff of more than 40 national and local-level associations in municipalities throughout Egypt. CIPE Egypt Program Director Randa al Zoghbi presented the report at a distinguished panel of experts that included Fouad Thabet, the chairman of CIPE partner the Federation of Economic Development Associations; Negad al Borai of the human rights law firm United Group; and Abdul Gafar Shokr, Vice President of the Arab African Research Center and newly named Vice Chairman of the Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights. The event featured a discussion of the report’s findings and recommendations among participants, including government officials, association representatives, businesspeople, journalists, and political party representatives. The report, in Arabic, can be downloaded here. An English translation will be released in the coming weeks.
  • Kyrgyzstan – During travel to Bishkek, Senior Program Officer for Eurasia Elena Suhir and Program Officer for Eurasia Bobbie Jo Traut led a roundtable featuring four members of the National Alliance of Business Association on October 15. Participants included representatives of the Association of Agricultural Service Providers “Agro-Consulting” from Osh; Association of Microfinance Institutions from Bishkek; Association of Suppliers, Manufacturers and Distributors from Bishkek; and Karakol Businessmen Union from Karakol.


Washington, DC – Two participants in CIPE’s KnowHow Mentorship program were recognized for their work toward advancing the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally, or worldwide. Sanja Popovic-Pantic, the President and Executive Director of Association of Business-Women of Serbia received the 2012 The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award. Selima Ahmad from the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), a winner of 2010 TIAW World of Difference 100 Award, served as TIAW Honorary Chair for this year’s awards selection. Both ABW and BWCCI are KnowHow mentees, receiving virtual mentorships from association executives in the United States. Read more about the KnowHow program here: www.knowhowexchange.org

Peru – CIPE hosted a workshop titled “How Does Inclusive Economic Growth Support Democratic Participation?” at the 7th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Lima. Among the presenters were Selima Ahmad, from the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Daniel Cordova, from LiderAccion in Peru; and Osama Mourad, from the Arab Finance Brokerage in Egypt. Presenters discussed the ways in which economic growth has empowered women, youth, and others to take part in the democratic process. Approximately 40 delegates from the World Movement attended the workshop.

Washington, DC – On the CIPE Development Blog, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean John Zemko reported on his experience as an election observer in Venezuela (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/10/16/venezuela-elections-on-the-front-lines/); Senior Knowledge Manager Kim Bettcher discussed the rise of the middle class in developing economies (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/10/18/the-rise-of-the-middle-class-in-brazil-india-and-south-africa); and Middle East and North Africa Program Assistant Matthew Godwin analyzed the controversy over Lebanon’s new smoking ban (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/10/12/lebanons-smoking-ban-where-do-we-go-now).



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