Archive for November 2009

Chamber Management and Entrepreneurship Development in Sialkot

In Sialkot, Pakistan, the Center for International Private Enterprise conducted a workshop for women executive committee members on chamber management and entrepreneurship development. The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also formed a committee on women entrepreneurs. The CIPE workshop was highlighted in the Business Recorder: 

Need Stressed to Identify Constraints Faced by Women Entrepreneurs
19 November 2009

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CIPE Regional Program Director Attends MEDA Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum

CIPE Regional Program Director Camelia Bulat recently attended the MEDA Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum, organized by AFAEMME (Federation of Organizations of Mediterranean Female Entrepreneurs), the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, and ASCAME (Associations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean). In response to a general lack of opportunities for business relations in the Mediterranean region, the event provided a networking venue for over one hundred representatives of organizations from numerous countries: Albania, Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Spain, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. In some of these countries, CIPE has already established successful partnerships.

The Forum was organized in the context of the III Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders and brought together businesses and organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean. This economic and business Mediterranean week was meant to increase support for and consolidate the economic pillar of the European Union for the Mediterranean and its Permanent Secretariat in Barcelona. This is an annual event that is organized with assistance from the European Investment Bank and the European program Invest in Med.

This event provided an opportunity for dialogue and networking between the private and public sectors, as well as the international organizations in the region. The participants were able to share their experiences and to discuss issues such as the costs of women’s low participation in economy, women’s vision of business, the role of international organizations in the promotion of women in the economy, the value of women entrepreneurship for economic growth, etc.

Paula Anastasiade
Program Assistant
CIPE Regional Office – Bucharest, Romania

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Triumph of a Dreamer

Here’s a story of persistence and personal improvement about a former cattle-herd in Zimbabwe. Thanks to Catalin and Melinda in Romania for sharing.

New York Times:
Triumph of a Dreamer

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Study on Women Entrepreneurs (Asia)

Dear Women’s Organization,

My name is Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter and I am currently a professor at Siena College in the United States. I am writing on women entrepreneurs globally and I want to ask your assistance in having Asian women entrepreneurs complete the attached questionnaire. Through the information obtained, we hope to learn more about the economic success of Asian women business owners. We hope that the information obtained will assist women business owners like yourself, regarding the challenges they face when initiating the start up, or the continuous operation of the business.
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