B.E. Assessment

Cairo Conference Session 1.1: Assessing the Business Environment for Small Enterprises - Latest Techniques, 2005

    The Papers and powerpoint presentations on the right hand side come from Session 1.1 on 29th November 2005 in Cairo, "Assessing the Business Environment for Small Enterprises: Latest Techniques". This Session dealt with the latest techniques donor agencies and their partners are using to assess the business environment.

    The most recent addition to this page is a pilot posting of the sound recordings of the presentations and subsequent comments, in mp3 format. Please note that mp3 files open in the same window if you left-click on one. This gives you the alternative, if you have a slow connection, to right-click on the link and save the file, for playing later.

    a) An overview of DFID's database of various Investment Climate assessment tools, by Katja Silva-Leander
    Katja Silva-Leander, from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in London, gave an overview of the wide range of assessments tools and techniques that are being used to assess the business environment. She introduced a database that DFID has produced on the range of information on business environment assessments that are currently available.

    b) The findings of a Business Climate survey covering 14 countries in the SADC region, by Douglas Reissner and Thomas Bedenbecker
    Douglas Reissner is a consultant to the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Windhoek, and Thomas Bedenbecker works for the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in Johannesburg. They presented the assessments they have been undertaking in Southern Africa and how these assessments can inform the design of reform programmes.

    c) Findings of EBRD's 2005 BEEPS survey in 26 transition countries and Turkey, by Samuel Fankhauser
    Samuel Fankhauser is Director of Policy Studies at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He presented the findings of the latest report on Doing Business in Transition Countries, highlighting some of the critical findings of this report.

    d) Value chain and industry-level analysis as a way to identify the binding constraints to economic growth, by Vincent Palmade and Uma Subramanian
    Vincent Palmade, the Lead Economist in the FIAS - World Bank Group in Washington DC, presented a paper prepared by Uma Subramanian (who is responsible for Industry Solutions in FIAS - World Bank Group). This paper describes the World Bank's work in value chain analysis and the contribution this can make to identifying priorities for reform of the business environment.

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