Cairo Conference Session 2.2: Building the Capacity for Reform (2005)

    The Papers and powerpoint presentations on the right hand side come from Session 2.2 on 30th November 2005 in Cairo, "Building the Capacity for Reform". This breakout session looked at the ways in which donor agencies can sustain reforms over the long-term by building the capacity for reform among programme partners (i.e., development country government, private sector representative organizations, academic and research institutions).

    Three kinds of capacities were considered in this Session. The first dealt with the capacity of institutions, i.e., institutional change and capacity building. The second dealt with the capacity of private sector organizations to participate in business environment reforms. The third dealt with skills and information. Each of these were addressed in the three presentations made in this Session.

    a) The Case of the Afghan Investment Support Agency, by Suleman Fatimie and Reinhard Palm
    Suleman Fatimie is Vice President of the Afghan Investment Support Agency in Kabul, and Reinhard Palm is with the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany, and formerly working for GTZ as project leader of the economic reform program in Kabul. They presented a case study on reforming the business environment in Afghanistan. This case highlighted the importance of institutional change and capacity building in particular when the legal framework is very weak. Attention was given to the leadership and facilitation role that domestic institutions can play in creating a better business environment.

    b) The PSDP for the Lake Zone of Tanzania, by Sosthenes Sambua
    Sosthenes Sambua, of FACET BV in Zeist, Netherlands, presented a case study on private sector development in Tanzania. This case highlighted the role of private sector organizations in business environment reforms. Lessons from experiences in developing private sector organizations, facilitating public-private dialogue and balance top-down with bottom-up reform strategies were described.

    c) Building the Capacity for Business Registration Reform, by Andrei Mikhnev
    Andrei Mikhnev, a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in the Small and Medium Enterprise Department of the World Bank Group in Washington DC, presented a toolkit that has been prepared to train and guide practitioners in ways to improve local business registration processes. Emphasis was given to providing practical advice and information that can help design reform efforts. Annex materials in the Paper describe experiences in Canada, Kosovo and Turkey.

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