2007 Annual Report

In 2007, the positive impact of CIPE’s programs on democratic development was felt across the globe, from countries on the threshold of democratic consolidation – like Argentina and Romania – to places still working to build a consensus for reform – like Afghanistan and Iraq. CIPE programs have defended freedoms, strengthened civil society, and broadened debate. Th ey have advanced these goals by transforming ideas and institutions, and by engaging the private sector in the cause of democracy and equipping it for success.

Democracy is not achieved overnight – it is the result of unceasing eff orts by citizens to shape the key elements of democratic governance in their own countries. Programs highlighted in this annual report have had a profound impact on policy, behavior, values, and civil society development, advancing democracy and free market economies.

Africa

Good governance is becoming institutionalized in Zambia through the widespread adoption of the Institute of Directors’ corporate governance code.

Asia

In Pakistan, women are taking an active role in the private sector through a new law that allows them to form independent chambers of commerce and business associations.

Central and Eastern Europe

Business registration has risen by 17 percent in Montenegro, as a result of the Montenegro Business Alliance recommendations incorporated into 27 new business-friendly laws and regulations.

Eurasia

In Belarus, 130 legislative recommendations from the 2007 National Business Platform were adopted by the government, strengthening property rights and simplifying business registration and licensing.

Seventeen regional coalitions in Russia defended the rights of small entrepreneurs by advancing legislative reform and providing legal assistance.

Latin America and the Caribbean

The size of the informal sector decreased in Guatemala through the implementation of a transparent, single-window system for registering businesses, advocated by the National Economic Research Center.

Middle East and North Africa

Throughout Afghanistan, the Tashabos entrepreneurship education program provided 4,500 students with economics and business skills, spurring the creation of 200 new businesses.

In Iraq, a cohesive private sector coalition developed the Kurdistan Regional Business Agenda, advancing concrete policy recommendations relating to 11 key industry sectors; it was received favorably by the regional government.

Global

Young people from Afghanistan to Romania were empowered to develop and share their own ideas about democratic and economic reform, as well as to take leadership roles in chambers of commerce and business associations.

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