Weekly Update: Multiregional

CIPE partner organizes Paraguayan presidential debate; CIPE holds roundtable on improving Afghanistan’s ranking in World Bank’s Doing Business indicator; CIPE partner conducts journalism classes at the Bishkek Humanities University in Kyrgyzstan

  • Paraguay – CIPE partner Development in Democracy organized the first official Paraguayan presidential debate of 2013. Four presidential candidates – Efraín Alegre from Alianza Paraguay Alegre, Horacio Cartes from Asociación Nacional Republicana, Mario Ferreiro from Avanza País, and Miguel Carrizosa from Patria Querida – participated in the debate on the topics of governance and economic development. The debate was broadcast simultaneously on all the major media outlets in the country, and MSN Latinoamerica, ABC color, U Noticias, and TeleSUR covered the event online. CIPE Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean John Zemko, attended the event and provided a first-hand account of the debate on his latest blog.
  • Afghanistan In cooperation with the National Center for Policy Research, CIPE held a roundtable this week on “Engaging the Private Sector in Government Policy Decisions and Improving Afghanistan’s Ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicator.” More than 100 people participated in the roundtable, including senior government officials, academics, business leaders, and representatives of think tanks, civil society groups, and donor organizations. The roundtable focused on the government’s efforts to improve Afghanistan’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business indicator, and how those policies could be implemented to the benefit of businesses. Some of the issues discussed included a tax holiday for new businesses, and access to credit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Kyrgyzstan – The Development Policy Institute (DPI) held two classes for 25 students in the Department of Journalism at the Bishkek Humanities University. The classes focused on taxation and Kyrgyzstan’s economic development as well as economic crimes and their impact on growth. A representative from the Department of Taxation and the International Court of Arbitration presented at the seminars. Additionally, DPI held a press conference for eight journalists on how the mining industry affects communities and investors, particularly in the context of the government’s call for nationalizing the Kumtor gold mine. Two representatives from mining companies participated in the press conference. Journalists published six articles on the topic in the Kyrgyz press.

GLOBAL PROGRAMS, COMMUNICATION, AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

Washington, DC – CIPE released its most recent Economic Reform Feature Service article, “How do Institutions Facilitate Entrepreneurship?” by Institute for Liberty and Democracy President Hernando de Soto. De Soto has dedicated much of his professional life to helping bring informal entrepreneurs into the formal sector, where their rights are enshrined in and protected by law. In this piece, De Soto examines the need for institutions—and specifically the rule of law—to create and nurture a successful entrepreneurial environment. Read the full article here: www.cipe.org/publications/detail/how-do-institutions-facilitate-entrepreneurship.

Washington, DC – On the CIPE Development Blog, Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Director John Zemko analyzed the importance of Paraguay’s first ever true presidential debate (www.cipe.org/blog/2013/03/20/paraguays-first-presidential-debate-a-milestone-for-latin-america/); Pakistan Deputy Country Director Hammad Siddiqui discussed the inefficiency of Pakistan’s state-owned enterprises (www.cipe.org/blog/2013/03/21/new-rules-for-state-owned-enterprises-in-pakistan/); and Senior Knowledge Manager Kim Bettcher made the case for a measured approach to investing in “glamorous” entrepreneurs (www.cipe.org/blog/2013/03/19/untapped-potential-dont-overlook-it/).

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