Weekly Update: Multiregional
- Kosovo – Riinvest Institute for Development Research held a conference on the state of corporate governance in publicly-owned enterprises (POEs) focusing on the Kosovo Energy Corporation and the Post Telecom Company. At the event, Riinvest presented its report on improving transparency and accountability of public funds through better corporate governance. The conference was attended by over 60 participants representing the parliament, General Auditors Office, Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency, International Finance Corporation, board members of local, regional and national POEs, civil society organizations, and universities. The project partner the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network will broadcast parts of the conference in a special edition of its television show ‘Life in Kosovo’ by the end of November.
- Pakistan – To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, CIPE held three major events in Karachi, Islamabad, and Peshawar. The Karachi Forum on Entrepreneurship was attended by more than 40 university students; over 80 students attended the event in Islamabad, which was held in conjunction with the Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce; and in Peshawar, over 50 students and lecturers participated in an event held with the Peshawar Women’s Chamber. The students at all three events discussed the difficult regulatory environment in Pakistan for start-up businesses, the lack of access to finance, law and order issues, and the discouragement of entrepreneurial risk-taking. Press coverage of the Karachi event can be found at: http://tribune.com.pk/story/464793/youth-must-focus-on-entrepreneurship/.
- Egypt – The Federation of Economic Development Associations organized a roundtable in the city of El-Minya as part of a series of discussions to solicit the feedback of the business community on barriers to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt. Approximately 75 business owners participated in the roundtable, along with the secretary general of the El-Minya governorate, the chairman of El-Minya Investors Association, representatives of the Ministry of Industry, the chairman of the El-Minya Businessmen Association, and the head of the El-Minya Industrial Zone. Participants discussed obstacles to the business environment, including weak infrastructure and the unresponsiveness of the governorate’s executive body, and recommended legal and regulatory changes to facilitate investment in El-Minya.
GLOBAL PROGRAMS, COMMUNICATION, AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
Washington, DC – CIPE celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with a series of blog posts on entrepreneurship. A Twitter chat, #GEWChat, with partners and entrepreneurs from around the world discussing the role of entrepreneurs in economic, social, and democratic development reached nearly 380,000 people.
Washington, DC – CIPE Executive Director John D. Sullivan spoke at the American Bar Association Committee on Corporate Governance. He spoke to the international development subcommittee.
Washington, DC – CIPE published the latest Economic Reform Feature Service article by CIPE Board member Andrew Sherman. The article, entitled “Embrace Global Entrepreneurial Governance with a Strategic Sounding Board,” looks at the importance of strong advisors for entrepreneurial success. Sherman, a partner at Jones Day law firm, adapted the article from a chapter in his recently-published book, Essays on Governance. Read the full article here: www.cipe.org/publications/detail/embrace-global-entrepreneurial-governance-strategic-sounding-board.
Washington, DC – CIPE released its most recent Democracy in Action newsletter. This edition focuses on CIPE partners’ work with entrepreneurs around the world. Read it here: www.cipe.org/publications/detail/democracy-action-global-entrepreneurship-week
Washington, DC – On the CIPE Development Blog, CIPE Board Chair Karen Kerrigan discussed CIPE’s unique approach to entrepreneurship (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/11/12/celebrating-entrepreneurship-around-the-world); Pakistan Deputy Country Director Hammad Siddiqui highlighted the need to support youth entrepreneurship in Pakistan (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/11/12/supporting-the-next-generation-of-entrepreneurs-in-pakistan); Senior Program Officer for South Asia Marc Schleifer made the case for a three-part taxonomy of social entrepreneurship (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/11/15/a-taxonomy-of-social-enterpreneurship/); and Global Program Assistant Molly Brister analyzed social entrepreneurship in the context of both business and activism (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/11/14/social-entrepreneurship-between-business-and-activism).
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