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- The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (WCIC), established in 1985, is the oldest women’s chamber of commerce in Sri Lanka and the first such organization in the world.
- The impetus for the establishment of WCIC came from a small group of highly educated and successful women entrepreneurs and professionals who came together to form an organization to empower women in Sri Lanka.
- Since its creation, the WCIC has been actively involved in defending the rights of women-owned businesses, advocating policy reforms that foster entrepreneurship, and representing the voice of small and medium-sized enterprises.
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- De facto states in the post-Soviet space lack international recognition and strong state structures, but survive in large part due to Russian aid, as Russia has a strategic interest in these regions.
- Any credible effort to reunify the de facto states with their parent states would require tackling pervasive corruption and criminal markets, and must also take into account ethnic and historical grievances that make reunification challenging.
- Economic relations and deeper trade ties, such as are emerging between Moldova and Transnistria, may offer hope for compromise, and could help formulate an approach to Ukraine’s relationship with Donbas.
The role of the private sector in building democracies that deliver prosperity and opportunity to all citizens is often overlooked. That is why the contribution made by private sector participants at the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies is particularly noteworthy. The Ministerial, which took place on July 22-24 in El Salvador, gathered representatives of governments, parliaments, civil society, the private sector, and youth in the capital of the Community’s 2013-2015 Presidency, San Salvador. The leading theme for El Salvador’s Presidency was “Democracy and Development.” About 800 participants from more than 70 countries attended.
The Conference facilitated more in-depth interactions between representatives of civil society, parliaments, the private sector, and youth in designated sectoral forums. These forums took place on the opening day of the Conference and met simultaneously to discuss the most urgent issues in their areas of expertise and make recommendations to the participating governments. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) organized a panel at the Private Sector Forum on the topic of Public-Private Dialogue (PPD).
The Private Sector Forum produced a Declaration that emphasizes the principles of dialogue and corporate social responsibility as key elements of progress toward democracy and development. The Declaration of the Private Sector Forum was subsequently presented to high-level government officials from around the world during the final day of the Ministerial.Read more...
Inclusive, participatory democracies thrive when all citizens, including youth, are engaged. Communities benefit when young people play an active role in the economy and the policymaking process. When youth are active stakeholders, societies become more democratic because governments and markets become more accountable to their citizens.
In celebration of International Youth Day, this month’s Feature Service Article highlights the work of recent CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS alumnus – Bahaa Eddin Al-Dahoudi, Hiba Safi, Huma Sattar, and Lawrence Yealue. Their articulate stance on their country’s political, economic, and social issues highlight how youth are helping strengthen democracies around the world. All of the following pieces were originally posted on CIPE’s Development Blog.Read more...
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- Revitalizing Serbia’s economy requires encouraging more women to engage in the private sector at the small and medium enterprise level
- Women-to-women mentorship is crucial for supporting and nurturing the growth of women entrepreneurs because it helps build the mentees’ confidence to expand their businesses
- Local women’s business associations, which understand the local challenges that women entrepreneurs face, are great contributors to the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women business owners
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- Improving Nicaragua’s economy involves supporting women to expand their businesses at the micro and small enterprise level
- Leadership and confidence building are key factors for women entrepreneurs to expand their businesses in Nicaragua
- Exposing university students to real-world business environments through internship opportunities is important to spur professional and personal growth
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