Egypt launches business climate index.CAIRO: Islah Islah Reform Grouping (Yemen) , Egypt's first business climate reform index, was launched Monday Monday: see week. at a conference that also provided a forum for local business leaders to learn more about the project.
Islah was developed by the Alexandria Business Association (ABA Aba (ä`bä), city (1991 est. pop. 264,000), SE Nigeria. It is an important regional market, a road and rail hub, and a manufacturing center for cement, textiles, pharmaceuticals, processed palm oil, shoes, plastics, soap, and beer. ) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC (Internet Foundation Classes) A class library from Netscape that provides an application framework and graphical user interface (GUI) routines for Java programmers. IFC was later made part of the Java Foundation Classes (JFC). See JFC, AFC and AWT. See also ICF. ) with special funding from the government of Switzerland.
Based on data from ABA's member organizations, the index covers 11 areas of business logistics -- everything from licenses to infrastructure -- and assesses qualitative and quantitative aspects of the business climate such as transparency (1) The quality of being able to see through a material. The terms transparency and translucency are often used synonymously; however, transparent would technically mean "seeing through clear glass," while translucent would mean "seeing through frosted glass." See alpha blending. , simplicity of procedures and quality of service at government agencies.
The aim of Islah is to provide a tool for local businesses to use in assessing services and proving feedback to policy makers.
"The index gives us a way to assess the effect reforms are having on the business climate in Egypt. For example, the index found that service in government agencies was not great. Now we can use that information to work with the Ministry of Administrative Development to solve the problem," said Hisham El-Attal, secretary general of the ABA.
El-Attal explained that the importance of the index lies in the fact that it is Egypt-specific and provides a feasible alternative to international reports such as the World Bank's "Doing Business" report, which does not fully address issues on a local level.
The publication of Islah is the first step in what the ABA hopes will be a long-term Long-term
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The signing of a series of memoranda of understanding at the conference cemented ties between the IFC, ABA, and government ministries to ensure future cooperation and progress.
Memoranda were also signed between the ABA and other business associations including the Egyptian Businessmen Association and the Confederation A union of states in which each member state retains some independent control over internal and external affairs. Thus, for international purposes, there are separate states, not just one state. of Egyptian European European
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see cryptococcosis. Business Associations. These agreements will help facilitate data collection and other forms of cooperation with ABA for future reports.
The conference agenda featured speeches by Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieldin Mahmoud Mohieldin is the Minister of Investment in Egypt.
Dr. Mohieldin is the Minister of Investment of the Arab Republic of Egypt since 2004. The Ministry of Investment is responsible for Investment Policy; Management of state-owned assets including privatization and , Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid and Minister of State for Administrative Development Ahmed Darwish, among others.
The speakers highlighted the importance of the index as a tool for local reform, and pointed to further steps to be taken in the future to expand the scope of the report.
"We are keen on making it easier for businesses to do business," said the IFC's Frank Sader. "By making it easier for businesses to start up and thrive we are helping to create jobs and support development."
Mohamed Ghatwary and Mohamed Hanno gave talks on the methodology and results of the index, explaining key considerations and areas for improvement in future publications.
Despite involvement of international organizations like the IFC in creating the report, throughout the conference emphasis was placed on the Egypt-specific information the index had to offer.
"I'm happy about the fact that this project was driven by local desire to improve the business climate. The result is a report that reflects the concerns and constraints CONSTRAINTS - A language for solving constraints using value inference.
["CONSTRAINTS: A Language for Expressing Almost-Hierarchical Descriptions", G.J. Sussman et al, Artif Intell 14(1):1-39 (Aug 1980)]. of Egyptian businesses when they are trying to do business in Egypt," said Sader.
Ziad Bahaa El Din, chairman of the board of trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors. for the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, summed up the accomplishments of the first publication of Islah.
"The first report may raise a number of issues by different parties who may agree or disagree on the findings. However, the real benefit to Egypt is not the report's positive or negative results, but that the efforts were exerted, capacity for monitoring and research were established, and that a national organization took the initiative to carry out this task instead of depending on international institutions."
Daily NewsEgypt 2009
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