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Ethiopia - More than 20 representatives of city chambers, sectoral associations, and women entrepreneur associations from Dire Dawa, Harar, and Jijiga participated in the fourth Regional Business Agenda training workshop, which focused on developing regional business agendas, public-private dialogue, advocacy coalition building, and communication. The event was supported by CIPE, along with partners the Ethiopia Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) and Dire Dawa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association, in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation. CIPE is supporting ECCSA and other regional private sector associations to help strengthen the private sector’s voice in economic development and policy through the regional business agenda process in four regions of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia - CIPE congratulates Meselu Sefiw in her new role as Secretary General of the Hawassa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (HCCSA) in the South region of Ethiopia. Sefiw is a 2012 ChamberLINKS alumni, a CIPE leadership development program that brings chamber professionals from around the world to the U.S. for hands-on learning in the association and chamber profession. HCCSA is also part of a CIPE network of chambers and associations in the South region working together as a coalition to represent the private sector in advancing economic reforms.

Ethiopia - The Admas Common Affairs Consultancy Association (Admas) was selected to present their successful programs on citizen participation in economic development and land administration at the City Festival held in Dire Dawa. Mulatu Teshome, the President of Ethiopia, officially opened the festival. The annual City Festival rotates among major cities in Ethiopia and highlights best practices and experiences in terms of city administration, urbanization, and municipality services. This year drew more than 6,000 participants from 200 cities. CIPE partnered with Admas to support nine district-level public-private dialogues to help address issues around land titling, sanitation, and municipal services. The dialogue has resulted in the provision of land titles, a signed-agreement between Admas and the local government office on land beautification, and further clarity for the community on land administration.

Ethiopia- CIPE Field Representative Hailemelekot Asfaw and CIPE partner the Ethiopia Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association hosted a meeting with the Director of the Africa Business Initiative at the US Chamber of Commerce Danielle Walker to discuss ECCSA and CIPE's partnership, collaboration opportunities, trade facilitation, and the African Growth and Opportunities Act. CIPE is supporting ECCSA in the development of a professional management training center for chamber and association staff, modeled after the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organization Management.

Kenya - CIPE Senior Program Officer Lars Benson and CIPE Field Representative Ben Kiragu facilitated a meeting with representatives of six Kenyan NGOs, the International Republican Institute, Solidarity Center, and International Budget Partnership to discuss the development of a new tool to monitor county budgets, citizen participation, and perceptions of county governments’ service delivery. In addition, CIPE facilitated a three-day workshop on governance, communication, and public policy advocacy for representatives of the Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders. CIPE is supporting the efforts of several Kenyan partners to advocate budget reforms and revenue transparency, and to advocate policy reform on small business issues such as the implementation of the Micro Small Enterprise Act.

Nigeria - The Enugu Coalition of Business and Professional Associations and Kwara Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (KWACOBPA) are planning to host election debates for the 2015 gubernatorial candidates in Enugu and Kwara states to present their business policy priorities. CIPE Consultant and Chairman of Nigerian Election Debate Group Aremo Taiwo Allimi met with both associations to provide technical assistance and visit media stations in the two cities to solicit media partnership for the election events – the Nigerian Television Authority in Enugu and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Kwara Broadcasting Service, and Nigeria Television Authority and Africa Independent Television in Ilorin. CIPE is working with eight coalitions of business and professional associations to raise awareness of the business community’s policy priorities through issues-based political dialogue in the lead up to the 2015 elections.

Senegal - L’Union Nationale des Commerçants et Industriels du Sénégal (UNACOIS) has secured a partnership with l’Ordre National des Expert Comptables et des Comptables Agrées du Senegal (ONECCA), the country’s independent association for accountant certification, for training for UNACOIS member accountants on minimum national accounting requirements, international accounting norms, and accounting governance. This is part of UNACOIS’s broader goals to provide training for its members and, in the process, help formalize their members. UNACOIS was invited as an honored guest to participate in the fifteenth summit of the International Federation of Francophone Accountants (FIDEF) in Saly to discuss the role of accountants in addressing the informal and emerging economy in French-speaking countries. CIPE is working with UNACOIS to strengthen its capacity for effective advocacy to better represent the informal, micro, small, and medium enterprise sectors in the policymaking process.

Senegal - CIPE Program Officer Erica Poff, Program Assistant Henry LaGue, and Field Representative Haroune Sidatt met with the l’Union Nationale des Commerçants et Industriels du Sénégal (UNACOIS) to discuss program impact and identify opportunities for programming in 2015. CIPE also met with Abdoulaye Faye, Private Sector Development Lead Officer from the Senegalese Agency for Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ADEPME), to discuss opportunities to collaborate on financial training for UNACOIS members. ADEPME has the mandate to build the capacity of Senegal’s many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and bring them into the formal economy. As the largest association for SMEs and informal sector operators, UNACOIS’ members would greatly benefit from ADEPME’s training. CIPE representatives also met with GIZ, the German International Development Agency, to discuss opportunities for collaboration on future projects with UNACOIS.

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