Zimbabwe

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Nigeria– As a result of CIPE supported capacity building, the Association of Nigerian Business Women Network (ANBWN) held its first general meeting. Eighteen people attended the meeting representing 14 association members. Some of the issues discussed included registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and sustainability through a dues system.

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Ethiopia - CIPE partner the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Associations (ECCSA) organized the 7th Ethio-Chamber International Fair at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center on November 6. Hundreds of local and international companies exhibited their products and services to the public. CIPE Representative Hailemelekot Asfaw attended the opening ceremony that included Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Minister of Communication and Information Technology Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael.

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Kenya - The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) attended a stakeholder forum in Mombasa to discuss the county’s 2014 Finance Bill; proposed tax streams are a key interest for the private sector. KAM representatives also attended a stakeholder forum in Kiambu to advocate for tax policy reform and the necessity of submitting the Bill for public input. CIPE is supporting KAM and a coalition of 56 business associations to advocate for policy reforms at the county level.

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Albanian government implements business association recommendations to improve the tax inspection system; CIPE partners in Zimbabwe hold event to recognize women entrepreneurs; CIPE partner in Tunisia brings together private sector and political party representatives for pre-election dialogue on decentralization and competitiveness.

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Kenya – CIPE partner the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) presented its draft National Business Agenda (NBA) to its Board of Governors and entire membership for approval at KEPSA’s 10th Annual General Meeting. The NBA was developed with CIPE support and will be the basis for KEPSA’s five year advocacy and business strategy. CIPE is working with KEPSA to strengthen the private sector’s ability to engage the government in policymaking and accountability at the national and county levels.

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Kenya – CIPE partner the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Security Sector Board, led by its Chairman Vimal Shah, met the National Inspector General (IG) of Police David Kimaiyo to discuss issues affecting the private sector. KEPSA has identified poor security among other issues as key challenges to the business environment in a National Business Agenda created with CIPE support.

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Ethiopia – Per request of the U.S. Embassy, CIPE and its partner the Ethiopia Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) met with U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Counselor Francis Peters, US Embassy Commercial Officer Cheryl Monticello, and U.S. Embassy Commercial Specialist Abdulkader Hussen to discuss the newly established Ethiopian Chamber Academy accomplishments so far as well as planned activities in the upcoming two years, and the role of the Chamber Academy in the East African region.

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Nigeria – As a result of CIPE-supported capacity building, the Association of Nigerian Business Women Network (ANBWN) held its first general meeting. Eighteen people attended the meeting representing 14 association members. Some of the issues discussed included registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and sustainability through a dues system.

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Zimbabwe – CIPE partner the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) facilitated a one-day strategic planning workshop for the Women Alliance of Business Associations of Zimbabwe (WABAZ) in Nyanga. The strategic planning workshop was led by ZNCC consultant Anne Madzara for representatives from 15 Zimbabwe women’s associations and focused on discussing a previously completed draft strategic plan. The participants provided input and made specific recommendations that will be incorporated into the final document.

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Cote d’Ivoire – CIPE consultant Yao Ronsard conducted a working session with CIPE partner the Federation des Artisans de Cote d’Ivoire (FEDACI), one of Cote d’Ivoire’s largest and most representative business associations, whose members are predominantly micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The session focused on effective advocacy techniques for reforming business registration regulations.

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