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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Peru –The Peruvian Ministry of Production recently launched an entrepreneurship program – Crea y Emprende – for high school students based on the concept of the CIPE-supported EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program organized by Instituto Invertir. This program was designed by EmprendeAhora alumna and Ministry employee Antonella Romero. It will be carried out in 100 schools throughout Peru, and approximately 5,000 students per year will benefit from the program. The program’s launch event video is available here.

Guatemala – The National Economic Research Center (CIEN) held a press conference to present an institutional report, “Successful Entrepreneurs and Productive Jobs,” to propose ways to strengthen and promote entrepreneurial activity in Guatemala. Seventeen journalists from the major media outlets attended the presentation, including Nuevo Mundo, Emisoras Unidas, Radio Punto, TGW Radio, and news channels TN 23, Noti 7, Telediario, T13 Noticias, and Canal Antigua. This press conference is part of CIPE and CIEN’s effort to increase public support for institutional reform.

Ecuador – Jose Antonio Dutan, Juan Javier Parrales, Evelyn Zamoto, Walter Buenanno, and Rolando Quishpe, participants of CIPE-supported Emprendedores Ecuatorianos youth leadership and entrepreneurship program organized by Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economía y Política held 3 workshops for high school students in Riobamba-Chimborazo, Quevedo-Los Rios, and Loja-Loja, with more than 270 students participating in the workshop. During the workshop, the facilitator and participants learned about and discussed topics in line with those taught by Emprendedores Ecuatorianos such as leadership, democracy, and entrepreneurship.

Pakistan – The Peshawar Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, working under a small grant from CIPE, has put forward to the regional government a set of policy recommendations to benefit women entrepreneurs in the region. This week the Chamber held a closing event for over 100 participants. The Education Minister agreed to consider including basic business education at the middle school level across the province and a regional focus group for women entrepreneurs will be formed to work on the other policy recommendations. The event was widely covered by the press, including: www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1209294/, tribune.com.pk/story/574773/economic-progress-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-following-vision-to-empower-women, and dawn.com/news/1024068/soft-loans-for-businesswomen-proposed

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Washington, DC – CIPE released a new guidebook on youth entrepreneurship programs for chambers of commerce and business associations. Chambers of commerce and business associations play a pivotal role in supporting entrepreneurship; they are uniquely positioned between governments looking to create economic growth and the private sector desire to develop a new generation of employees. This new guidebook is a resource for chambers of commerce, associations, and other business-oriented groups seeking to address some of the obstacles that young people face as they attempt to enter the economy in their communities. By sharing practical lessons from around the world, it serves as a guide to develop or expand successful youth entrepreneurship and employment programs. Download a copy of the newly released Guide to Youth Entrepreneurship Programs for Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations or read more about it on the CIPE Development Blog.

Ecuador – Approximately 50 university students from throughout Ecuador gathered in Guayaquil for the second session of the CIPE-supported Emprendedores Ecuatorianos youth leadership and entrepreneurship program organized by Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economia Politica (IEEP). Business consultant Oswaldo Toscano presented on marketing tools for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and was followed by SME consultant Felipe Rendón. In one activity, students were divided into groups for a mock business plan competition where they worked through each aspect of business plan development. Students also had the opportunity to work one on one with Toscano and Rendón to hone their individual business ideas.

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

  • Pakistan – With support from CIPE, the economic policy think tank PRIME has partnered with the Youth Economic Forum of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry to launch a survey called “Youth Voices on Political Economy.” This survey of 1,200 young people, including entrepreneurs, seeks to evaluate their understanding of the economic and political issues facing Pakistan.
  • Afghanistan – The Federation of Afghanistan Craftsmen and Traders (FACT) held a conference on access to credit for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Among the nearly 100 participants were representatives of the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Finance, commercial banks, and leading figures in the business community. FACT outlined a set of policy recommendations to encourage the growth of business, including lowering interest rates on loans and easing collateral conditions. The Ministry of Economy plans to host a follow-up meeting to discuss how to move forward on these recommendations, and the bank officials have pledged to raise these issues at board-level discussions.
  • Peru – Approximately 120 university students from throughout Peru gathered at the University of Lima for the third session of the CIPE-supported EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program organized by Instituto Invertir. The top 10 business plan groups presented their plans to a jury at the beginning of the educational session. The jury, composed of Invertir staff, University of Lima professors, entrepreneurs, and sponsors, chose the three best business plans. These three groups will receive awards and additional training from Invertir after the program in an effort to help them grow their businesses and enrich their entrepreneurial knowledge.
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What Can Be Done to Empower Youth Through Economic Inclusion?

At the Seventh Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Lima, Peru, Youngstars Foundation and Instituto Invertir organized a workshop on October 15 to ask, “What can be done to empower youth through economic inclusion?”

A well-rounded set of recommendations emerged from the workshop:

  • Promote entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship (nonprofit sector).
  • Include youth in planning processes on economic issues at all levels. Reach out to youth to listen and build trust. Help them to articulate their issues and give them platforms.
  • Provide access to information on how to start a business, how to find a job, and what opportunities and resources are available.
  • Provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs, especially through civil society. Give them tools such as leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution, as well as technical, management, and vocational skills.
  • Connect entrepreneurs with each other and connect different sectors that support entrepreneurs (universities, financial entities, businesses, NGOs, etc.). Share best practices.
  • Improve education policy and address structural challenges so young people will have the right skills for the job market.
  • Do not stop with training, but track the progress of participants in youth programs.
  • Support youth initiatives at the local level.

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Bahrain – Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State MEPI, CIPE started a new program to foster cooperation among Bahrain’s diverse private sector and youth populations. The program will focus on two initiatives designed to foster a cooperative environment among the diverse populations that make up Bahrain’s private sector and youth. With the support of MEPI, CIPE will help develop a representative business vision for the country to foster reform and implement a civic education and entrepreneurship training course to engage a diverse group of Bahrain youth in economic participation.

Washington, DC – In conjunction with the International Day of Democracy on September 15, the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN), comprising of CIPE partners from around the world, formally announced its objectives and principles. Created to remedy a lack of private sector representation in global debates on democratic reform, FEDN seeks to engage champions of the private sector and civil society in dialogue and advocacy. In addition to ensuring a voice for the private sector in global fora, FEDN will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and mutual support among members.

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Nepal – Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation has initiated a monthly lecture series entitled “The Freedom School,” inviting various policy experts to speak with both graduates of the Arthalaya youth entrepreneurship program and Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation staffers. The series will help build the organization’s network of advisors and experts, which in turn will support advocacy efforts around the Nepal Economic Growth Agenda. The first lecture was held on August 31, with a presentation by Director General of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Dr. Hemant Dabadi on changing trends in Nepal’s international trade.

Ukraine – On August 15, CIPE partner the Izmail Municipal Entrepreneurship Support Foundation completed an outreach process that included a series of focus group meetings with local business leaders. The outreach was part of an effort to identify priority issues for the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community in the run-up to Ukraine’s parliamentary elections set for late October. Based on input from 80 members of the local business community, the head of the Izmail Municipal Entrepreneurship Support Foundation Valentina Stoikova issued a public statement listing priorities that include the reduction of taxes, an increase in economic development funds from the government, and the reinstatement of a vocational training program operated by the government. The effort in Izmail is part of a National Endowment for Democracy (NED) -funded program in 10 Ukrainian regions to highlight the needs of the SME community over the course of the parliamentary election campaign.

Peru – CIPE partner Instituto Invertir organized a meeting with several Lima-based EmprendeAhora alumni to discuss the agenda for the upcoming alumni conference on September 29-30. Two hundred program alumni have confirmed their attendance for this first ever EmprendeAhora alumni conference. Regarding the next version of the educational program, Invertir has already received more than 2,300 applications in the run up to the September 7 deadline. Additionally, Invertir’s program coordinator was invited to speak about EmprendeAhora on the national television program, “Punto de Vista.”

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Russia – A recent graduate of CIPE’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program in the Republic of Ingushetia received a grant of $5,600 this month to open an agricultural enterprise using the skills she had gained under the training program. CIPE is implementing the program, funded by United States Agency for International Development, in cooperation with the Ingushetia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It provides local youth with skills in launching and operating a business. Earlier this month a second graduate in Ingushetia received a commitment for a $7,800 loan from the regional government to open a café.

Ukraine – On August 8, the Coalition of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of the Sumy Region, a CIPE partner, launched a training program for local young people to build their skills in operating a business in their communities. Through a National Endowment for Democracy grant, CIPE provides support to the Coalition to involve its SME members in the strategic development of the city of Sumy. Leaders of the Coalition include the Sumy Association of Employers, the Youth and Entrepreneurship Organization, and the Union of Entrepreneurs, Tenants, and Owners of Sumy.

Peru – CIPE partner Instituto Invertir has already received 1,144 applications for this year’s EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program and the final day to apply is not until September 7, 2012. In order to increase the number of applications, Invertir is also promoting the program on other websites that support youth, such as Universia. Additionally, Invertir was invited to speak about EmprendeAhora on national television channel Promoviendo TV. The interview is available here

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Azerbaijan – On May 1, Azerbaijan’s Entrepreneurship Development Foundation held a conference in Baku entitled “Roadmap for Developing Small Entrepreneurship.” The conference explored the legal and regulatory barriers facing small businesses in Azerbaijan, and the policy alternatives that could be developed to address them. The 55 participants and speakers included representatives from Parliament, government, think tanks, and business. CIPE Regional Director Andrew Wilson travelled to Baku to speak at the event, and to conduct meetings with local business, policy, and youth groups to explore the challenges faced by young entrepreneurs.

Russia – The Vladikavkaz Institute of Management (VIM), a CIPE partner, on April 28 awarded certificates to 19 students who completed a six-week course designed to give local youth the skills needed to launch a business and fully participate in local democratic institutions. As part of the certificate program, students drafted business plans for business start-ups, the most viable of which will be presented by VIM to the regional economic development authority for possible funding. The start-up ideas range from launching a kindergarten to opening a soccer training facility. The students, ranging in age from 18 to 24, are the fifth group to complete the youth entrepreneurship training program funded under a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy.

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Democracy, Entrepreneurship, and the Inclusion of Youth

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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

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Pakistan – This week CIPE and the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted a youth conference on “Inspiring the New Wave of Entrepreneurship.” Over 350 youth participated in the conference where they discussed issues including women’s entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and building bridges through business-Diaspora linkages. Secretary of State Clinton attended the conference and her remarks can be seen at http://still4hill.com/2012/03/27/video-secretary-clintons-remarks-to-young-entrepreneurs-pakistan

Peru – At the conclusion of EmprendeAhora 2012, Instituto Invertir selected the winner of its democracy video contest. The contest gave participants in the EmprendeAhora program a way to demonstrate what they have learned about democracy and explain in their own way the implications of democracy on society. The winners of the contest hailed from Huancayo, in Junin region. Their winning video can be viewed (in Spanish) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikmL4w80eAY.

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