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Support CIPE on #GivingTuesday!


How will you spend next Tuesday?

CIPE is partnering with #GivingTuesday  to celebrate a day of philanthropy on December 3rd.

After enjoying delicious food on Thanksgiving, and indulging in some shopping sprees on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not join a global movement to give back to the community?

On Tuesday December 3rd, become part of this exciting movement by supporting CIPE’s efforts to develop young leaders from around the world. Through our ChamberL.I.N.K.S.  program and the Think Tank LINKS Fellowship, CIPE empowers youth to become active leaders in civil society and work toward meaningful change in their communities.

Check out videos for both programs and learn more about how to support here:

Your donation (whether that’s $20 or $100) will help make a difference! By investing, you are developing young people’s skills to become future champions of change!

CIPE Blog Competition


invites you to participate in our first Blog Competition.

We are looking for bloggers who have a passion for democratic and economic
reforms and their role in development. You don’t need to be a professional
writer or affiliated with an organization — anyone who can tell a compelling
story is welcome to submit their best post.

Your blog post should be in English and address one of the following three topics:

1. How can social media empower citizens to participate in democratic dialogue on
constructive reform?

2. What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your
country’s democratic and economic development?

3. What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and
possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?

The submission deadline is December 2, 2013. Authors of the three best posts will each receive a $250
honorarium and CIPE will publish the winning entries on the CIPE Development Blog.

Rules and submission guidelines can be found here.


Pakistan-India Young Entrepreneurs’ Bilateral Summit

The Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum (YEF) of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a Pakistan-India Young Entrepreneurs’ Bilateral Summit in partnership with Young Indians, the Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs, and Aman Ki Asha. CIPE provided technical assistance to YEF in organizing the event, which aimed to reduce barriers among young people in the region, change perceptions, and increase peer-to-peer interaction. The event also sought to spur business opportunities, to increase the flow of trade between India and Pakistan. The participants agreed to present a set of joint policy recommendations established to their respective heads of government.

News from Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific

The Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP) hosted its annual breakout session during the 27th CACCI Conference on March 14-15, 2013 in Cebu City, Philippines. The breakout session was attended by over 100 delegates and featured distinguished speakers such as YEGAP’s chairperson Anna Marie Periquet, YEGAP’s co-chairman Teisuke Suzuki, and the Undersecretary for Economic Relations and Senior Official of the Philippines for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference Laura Del Rosario. The emphasis of the breakout session was on fostering entrepreneurship as a source for economic growth and wealth as well as a force to combat poverty. Other noteworthy events include the launch of the 5th Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award that seeks to recognize excellent young entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region who are advocates for corporate social responsibility. The newsletter featured an article on the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry Medallion, which was given to YEGAP’s chairman and vice-chairman in recognition of their leadership capacity.

The newsletter also highlights the 8th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth and the 4th ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting on Youth, which concluded on May 23, 2013 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The meetings discussed directions and initiatives to further promote ASEAN youths in contributing towards the future of the ASEAN Community.

CIPE released a new Guide to Youth Entrepreneurship Programs for Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations that is a resource for Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations on private sector job creation and combating high youth unemployment.

The newsletter featured an article on “Employment and Entrepreneurship” written by Patricia Francis, who is the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre which emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurs in creating new employment opportunities worldwide. Through a stronger focus on capacity building and institutional support to respond to market needs, and better access to finance for SMEs, it is possible to increase export and income opportunities for all entrepreneurs, including women, who represent a largely untapped source for entrepreneurship and employment. These matters relate to the core of  ITC’s mission, which is to provide assistance and ensure that entrepreneurs’ ideas and products are correctly aligned to market needs and trends, while at the same time meeting the standards and quality required to compete effectively.

The complete newsletter can be found here. Final-YEGAPnewsletter

Submitted by Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry

YEF Pakistan Youth Delegation Participates in Commonwealth CAAYE Summit

A delegation of young and aspiring entrepreneurs, led by the Young Entrepreneurs Forum (YEF) of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recently participated in CAAYE Summit in Mumbai. This was a cross representation of entrepreneurs from across Pakistan, with delegates from Punjab, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, and Sindh, who made their mark during the proceedings of the Summit.

CAAYE (Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs) which is a Commonwealth Secretariat-supported initiative represents 8 countries from the Commonwealth Asia region, namely Malaysia, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Maldives. The focus of this year’s Summit was to share best practices and prepare recommendations for improving “access to finance” to young entrepreneurs.

Nearly 200 delegates from the 8 countries met for 3 days in Mumbai to network, build business linkages, conduct field studies, attend learning sessions and jointly prepare a set of recommendations to improve the ecosystem of youth entrepreneurship in the form of an official communiqué that will be submitted to member Governments through the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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Driving Youth Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

On November 14th the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) joined the Center for International Private Enterprise and  Kauffman Foundation to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Aiming to determine obstacles to entrepreneurship, ICCI gathered a large number of young entrepreneurs, established businessmen, and students to discuss key impediments to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Amid their discussion, many participants voiced the opinion that the main objective should be to foster an entrepreneurial culture among youth.  CIPE Deputy Country Director Hammad Siddiqui asserts that the only way Pakistan can take advantage of its bulging youth population and push through the hard times of a sluggish economy and few jobs is to provide an environment that encourages youth towards entrepreneurial careers.  Some attendees expressed the need for the curriculum in schools to stoke interest in students.  While this is absolutely a vital part of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, it is also important to advocate on the policy side as well. Continue reading ‘Driving Youth Entrepreneurship in Pakistan’ »

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Nepal

Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation, organized several events to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, in partnership with a wide range of other local organizations. These included an event on November 21 to highlight the achievements of five prominent Nepali entrepreneurs, which was covered in the country’s main national daily newspapers, including the Kathmandu Post, Republica, the Himalayan Times, and others. Attendees also included the head of the Federation of Nepali Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Chief Executive of the Nepal Investment Board. The next episode of Samriddhi’s radio program on entrepreneurship is planned for December 2, and will address how financial institutions can better serve small-scale entrepreneurs.

Congratulations to Samriddhi for winning the 2012 CIPE Leading Practices Contest! – Kim Bettcher, CIPE

Democracy, Entrepreneurship, and the Inclusion of Youth

[If you're in Washington, hope you can make it. We'll capture the event for our online audience...]

Please join the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for a luncheon discussion featuring:

Daniel Cordova, Instituto Invertir
Arpita Nepal, Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation
Miriam Kornblith, National Endowment for Democracy

with comments by:

Ambassador Harold Forsyth (invited), Embassy of Peru in the United States
John D. Sullivan, Center for International Private Enterprise

RSVP here

Across the world, countries are grappling with challenges of social and economic inclusion Continue reading ‘Democracy, Entrepreneurship, and the Inclusion of Youth’ »

Entrepreneurial Journeys of Arthalaya Graduates

CIPE and Samriddhi launched a new publication, “Building a New Generation of Entrepreneurs in Nepal,” which profiles eight of the graduates of Samriddhi’s “Arthalaya” youth entrepreneurship program who have successfully launched businesses in Nepal. Since the program was started in 2009, over 300 students have completed the Arthalaya workshops, and Samriddhi now runs the program without CIPE support, with funding from local private sector donors and nominal students fees. Continue reading ‘Entrepreneurial Journeys of Arthalaya Graduates’ »

National Entrepreneurs Conference

Global entrepreneurship is on the rise. According to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor from Babson College, there are nearly 400 million active entrepreneurs around the world. One of the most significant findings in the GEM survey was the steady increase of total entrepreneurial activity (TEA) across all the different economic levels despite a worldwide economic struggle over the past few years.

In Pakistan the private sector is also actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship but public sector support and drive is very much missing. Government must take measures to encourage entrepreneurship culture, particularly in youth.

The Young Entrepreneurs Forum of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry has recently organized Global Entrepreneurship Week. In this event panelists, researchers, economists and youth highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship issues and cited examples of successful entrepreneurs to motivate youngsters.

Taking another initiative, YEF is planning to organize National Entrepreneurs Conference in March this year on the theme “Inspiring a New Wave of Entrepreneurs”. This will provide an opportunity to youth to share & exchange ideas, experiences, skills and knowledge, learn from each other and set a road map to unleash their entrepreneurial potential.

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