News from around the CIPE Partner Network
Afghanistan – CIPE participated in a policy roundtable organized by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The roundtable participants discussed the economic impact of the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.
Iraq – The Assembly of Al-Inbithaq for Development and Economic Development launched the first provincial business agenda (PBA) for Wasit province, which highlights the need for locally produced reform initiatives, especially in the smaller, more agricultural provinces.
Moldova – The Cabinet of Ministers approved the draft law on state inspection of business entities, which included three key recommendations put forward by the network of business associations united under the National Business Agenda (NBA), supported by CIPE. The Ministry of Economy will submit the draft law to parliament for consideration in the next few months.
Yemen – CIPE held a three-day workshop in the Aden governorate to discuss the importance of political parties developing economic platforms to address Yemen’s economic challenges. As part of CIPE’s effort to support increased engagement between political parties, the business community, and citizens to address economic issues, the session allowed members of Aden’s business community and political party members to exchange views on economic issues.
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Why blame private schools?
by Surath Giri | 22 May, 2013Like an annual customary event, public grievances against private educational institutions in Nepal are currently making headlines once again as the new academic session has begun. Private schools have been accused of charging exorbitant fees, selling stationery and uniforms within the school premises to make profit and not providing adequate infrastructure.
Last Thursday with Karen KerriganMs. Karen Kerrigan is the chairman of Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the founding member of ‘World Entrepreneurship Forum’. She regularly provides counsel to governments and business associations regarding entrepreneurial development, capacity building and policy formulation and implementation.
Missing the target
by Koshish Acharya | 22 May, 2013National planning has, for a long time, been among the government’s favourite agendas. This can be traced back to the Rana period (before World War II) when the first 20-year plan was announced but nothing significant was achieved. Following that a 15-year plan implemented by the then Rana Prime Minister, Mohan Shamsher in 1949 for which a national planning committee was also formed.