Entrepreneurship and Business Sector Reform Initiatives

CIPE supports the Bahraini private sector in its effort to coalesce around key policy priorities and advocate consensus-based reform. A key element of these initiatives is improving the ecosystem for entrepreneurs to thrive through entrepreneurship training and mentoring. The private sector also employs a National Business Agenda model to research and develop issues impacting business in Bahrain and advocate legislative and regulatory change.

CIPE works in partnership with Tamkeen and the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan to develop and implement an Entrepreneur Mentoring Platform. This initiative followed a successful training program, in which CIPE and WDI equipped 48 Bahraini instructors (20 women and 28 men) to provide new knowledge on entrepreneurship and offer new methods for teaching entrepreneurship skills for more than 270 college-aged entrepreneurs.

In parallel, CIPE assisted leaders of Bahrain’s business community to build consensus around policy reform priorities and recommendations in three policy papers that aimed to address the barriers to business registration, access to credit and export promotion.