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How Can Southeast Asia Galvanize E-Commerce?

06.01.2018
E-commerce is rapidly growing in Southeast Asia. The phenomenon of paying for goods and services in a few clicks is no longer exclusive to Chinese and U.S. markets, which already have thriving internet economies. A report by Google and Temasek, a global investment company based in Singapore, predict...

Masooma Sibtain: Advocating for Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan

04.18.2018
Masooma Sibtain is a pioneer in Pakistan, an entrepreneur who is paving the way and inspiring other businesswomen to take on leadership roles in her country and throughout South Asia. In a particularly notable accomplishment, she was the first woman elected vice president of the Federation of Pakis...

Curbing Illicit Trade is the Key to Bolstering the Philippines’ Economy

04.11.2018 |
Illicit trade hurts economies and undermines democracies, leading to unemployment, price distortions, bankruptcy of local industries, and reduced government tax collection. In the Philippines, smuggling is the most prevalent form of illicit trade due to weak law enforcement and the difficulty of mo...

Closing the Global Gender Gap

03.29.2018
Women entrepreneurs offer a myriad of benefits for their economies and societies over all. Yet, around the world, there are still many barriers to women starting businesses. This year’s International Women’s Day campaign—Press for Progress—focused on addressing an alarming projection: at th...

Democracy that Delivers #110: U.S. Embassy’s Brad Coley on PNG

03.20.2018 |
The CIPE-supported Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC) in Papua New Guinea has helped more than 1,000 women since opening its doors in late 2016. Women in the Pacific island nation, located near Australia, are considered to be among the most oppressed in the world. They have few rights and do...

Emerging Blockchain Technologies Have the Potential to Transform Society

03.14.2018
Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies have dominated the news in recent months as their values have skyrocketed. However, blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies, is equally worthy of hype. Many actors from both the private and public sectors are quickly recognizing blockchai...
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