Weekly Update: Multiregional

Contact: 
Caroline Scullin, cscullin@cipe.org, 202-721-9200

HIGHLIGHTS

CIPE Pakistan Country Director moderates roundtable on U.S.-Pakistani trade, CIPE partner DENDE organizes international forum on Paraguay, CIPE partner in Senegal conducts policy reform regional forum

  • Pakistan – On August 28, CIPE Pakistan Country Director Moin Fudda moderated a roundtable, organized by the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, the Department of Commerce Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, on expanding and diversifying Pakistan's exports to the United States. Over 80 senior government officials and business leaders attended the event, which featured remarks by U.S. Consul General Michael Dodman and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Mara Burr. The U.S. representatives discussed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)facility for Pakistani products in the United States and how customs regulations and the GSP could expand trade between the two countries. The roundtable was part of a larger program aimed at expanding and diversifying Pakistani exports to the U.S. market. The event was widely covered in the local press: www.brecorder.com/business-a-economy/189:pakistan/1231594:removing-impediments-towards-bilateral-trade-us-consul-general-highlights-importance-of-gsp-facility/?date=2012-08-29, www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-3-128740-US-markets-open-for-Pakistani-products-CG, www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/business/29-Aug-2012/us-markets-open-for-pakistan-cg, and http://dawn.com/2012/08/29/us-discusses-duty-free-entry-for-pakistani-exports/.
  • Paraguay – On August 29, CIPE partner DENDE organized an international forum on “The Introduction of Paraguay to the World” at the Paraguayan American Chamber of Commerce that was attended by President Federico Franco. This forum featured Senator Sergio Abreu from Uruguay, Felix Peña Politólogo, Carlos Furche from Pro Chile, Ambassador Rubens Barbosa from Brazil, and former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa. The event was attended by more than 400 people, including several former government officials. The forum was discussed in newspapers, television, and radio.
  • Senegal – CIPE partner Union Nationale des Commercants et Industrialistes (UNACOIS), conducted a two-day regional forum for its members in the Southern region of Senegal. This is the third out of four regional forums that UNACOIS is organizing across the country with the objective to discuss policy reform priorities that will promote a more business-enabling environment in each region. CIPE is supporting UNACOIS’ efforts to empower and support Senegal’s small and medium enterprise sector to engage in effective public-private dialogue.

GLOBAL PROGRAMS, COMMUNICATION, AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

Washington, DC – CIPE hosted Erin Wiley, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Global Entrepreneurship Week for a planning session on CIPE’s participation as an official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 12-18, 2012. This will be CIPE’s third year of organizing activities in celebration of entrepreneurship across its international network. Last November, CIPE and its partners organized events in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Romania, and Russia.

Washington, DC – On August 24, an article in Democracy Digest quoted a recent blog by CIPE Global Program Officer Maiko Nakagaki, “Moving beyond CSR: Oil Companies and Economic Development.” The article, “Angola: opposition calls for poll postponement amid repression fears,” discussed pro-democracy advocates’ push to postpone elections in Angola to allow transparency (www.demdigest.net/blog/2012/08/angola-opposition-calls-for-poll-postponement-amid-repression-fears/). Read the full post on the CIPE Development Blog: www.cipe.org/blog/2012/06/04/moving-beyond-csr-oil-companies-and-economic-development.

Washington, DC – On the CIPE Development Blog, Global Program Assistant Molly Brister highlighted Forbes’ recent release of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/08/27/get-inspired-the-worlds-100-most-powerful-women/); and Eastern Europe and Eurasia Program Assistant David Mack discussed how CIPE and its partners have redefined the relationship between private and public sectors in Armenia (www.cipe.org/blog/2012/08/28/10-years-of-partnership-in-armenia-cements-role-for-small-businesses).

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