Press Releases for 2015

December 15, 2015

CIPE and Provincial Business Leaders in Afghanistan Release Report Outlining Plan To Create More Economic Opportunity

Washington, DC -- The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and local business leaders from the Afghan province of Herat just released a Provincial Business Agenda (PBA) report that highlights recommendations for reforms that will reduce corruption, improve security, reduce taxes, increase access to credit, and improve infrastructure. All of these reforms are designed to improve the business climate in the province and create more economic opportunity.

December 8, 2015

CIPE, PNGWCCI to Open Women’s Business Center, Helping to Give Women Economic Opportunity in Papua New Guinea

WASHINGTON, DC -- In a ground breaking move to empower women in Papua New Guinea, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Papua New Guinea Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PNGWCCI) will establish a Women’s Business Center that provides an array of practical services to businesswomen and to aspiring entrepreneurs of all backgrounds in Port Moresby.

November 17, 2015

CIPE celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week, Highlights Programs that Empower Entrepreneurs in Over 50 Countries

Washington, DC -- To commemorate Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) highlights successes in work done in over 50 countries around the world helping to empower entrepreneurs who create much needed jobs and drive policy reforms, John D. Sullivan, CIPE Executive Director, said today.

November 10, 2015

CIPE, ACCI Announce Release of Afghanistan Provincial Business Agenda

Washington, D.C. – The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and a coalition of 15 business associations in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, headed by the Nangarhar branch of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), today announced the release of the English translation of the Nangarhar Provincial Business Agenda (PBA) report.

August 5, 2015

FEDN Statement on Salvadoran Government Attempt to Prevent Pro-Democracy Groups from Participating in Community of Democracy Meetings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the actions of the Salvadoran government to attempt to prevent an accredited private sector representative from participating in the recent Community of Democracies (COD) Ministerial meetings hosted by the Salvadoran government, the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN) issued a statement today expressing alarm at their behavior.

July 15, 2015

CIPE Partner Report Shows Isis Control of Oil Fields Funds Terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Syrian Economic Forum (SEF) has released a study of Syrian oil production and trade which shows that 80 percent of Syria’s oil fields are controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), providing around $3 million a day in funding for the terrorist organization.

June 24, 2015


TIJUANA, MEXICO - Following on the success of the dramatically improved crime rates and security in Tijuana, the Mexican business community held a public forum today to highlight the role of the private sector in curbing security threats in cities throughout Mexico and develop future strategies to restore public security.

May 14, 2015

The Free Enterprise & Democracy Network Releases Statement in Support of Threatened and Intimidated Venezuelan Business Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Free Enterprise & Democracy Network (FEDN) released a statement today in support of Venezuelan business leaders and managers who have been attacked and intimidated by their government.

“We are in complete solidarity with the business community in Venezuela,” John D. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) said today. “We call on the government to stop the intimidation and threats against the business community.”

Syrian Civil Society and Interim Government Commit to Improving Local Governance and Education

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a move that will help civil society and opposition authorities work together to improve local level governance and education in Syria, the Syrian Economic Forum (SEF) and Syrian Interim Government (SIG) signed Memorandums of Understandings to formalize their cooperation.

“This is a prime example of how the Syrian pro-democracy business community is playing a crucial role in helping Syria find a way forward in the current crisis,” John D. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise, said today.

May 5, 2015

CIPE Releases Strategies for Policy Reform III Case Studies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) today released today a guidebook of case studies, the Strategies for Policy Reform volume 3, which can serve as a playbook for think tanks, business associations, NGOs, and policymakers.



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