Project Design

Cairo Conference Session 3.3: Improving the Business Environment at the Sub-National Level - What Local and Provincial Governments Can Do (2005)

    The Papers and powerpoint presentations on the right hand side come from Session 3.3 on 30th November 2005 in Cairo, "Improving the Business Environment at the Sub-National Level - What Local and Provincial Governments Can Do". This was the second Session dealing with sub-national business environment reforms (the first being Session 1.4).

    a) eGovernment to Improve the Local Business Environment: A Case Study from Latin America, by Hannes Karkowski and Ilka Buss
    Hannes Karkowski and Ilka Bus, both from the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in Eschborn, Germany, presented a case study from Latin America that focused on the use of eGovernment solutions to help local governments lower the costs of corruption, reduce red tape, and increase the predictability and credibility of policies. The use of information and communication technology was presented as a ¿door-opener¿ to change, allowing organisational cultures to be changed and processes to be redesigned.

    b) Theory and Design of the New GTZ Programme "Enabling Environment" for the Private Sector in Mozambique, by Joao Macaringue and Friedrich Kaufmann
    Joao Macaringue works at the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Maputo, and Friedrich Kaufmann works with the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)in Maputo. They presented a case study on how local-level private sector development has been undertaken in Mozambique. This is a new sub-national reform programme that aims to facilitate dialogue between the private and public sectors in order to shape formal institutions and reduce information asymmetries (i.e., transaction costs for the private sector).

    c) Creating a Positive Business Environment for the Informal Economy - Reflections from South Africa, by Francie Lund and Caroline Skinner
    Francie Lund works in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. She and Caroline Skinner presented lessons from a selection of cities in South Africa after apartheid. Local government exerts an important influence on the conditions under which informal workers and informal enterprises operate. Municipal by-laws and regulations significantly shape the working environment. In the provision of infrastructure, and in reframing the regulatory environment at little cost, local government can lower the transaction costs to informal workers of becoming regulated.

    Associated Activities and Documents
    »Cairo Conference Session 1.4: Improving the Business Environment at the Sub-National Level: What Local and Provincial Governments Can Do (2005)
    Synthesis documents
    »Donor Committee Conference: Reforming the Business Environment - from assessing problems to measuring results, Cairo, 29 November to 1 December 2005