Deadline: 17-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The WBG supported Ethiopia Investment Climate Program aims to scale up support for policies, institutions, and catalytic initiatives that stimulate trade, increase access to markets, improve the investment climate, promote competitiveness, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Within their mandate, sub-national regionals regions or regional states can address the myriad investment-service related problems and proactively promote their respective Region as competitive investment destination. Support in this area could include the following: (a) Assisting and guiding companies already located or considering locating in regions; (b) Improving subnational regulation for doing business. The initial focus of the program will be the on Amhara Regional State.
The objective of this consultancy is to support the State of Amhara to develop a regional investment promotion strategy and engage public and private leaders to accelerate the growth of investment and jobs in the region.
DURBAN, South Africa, May 4, 2017—Without urgent action to address stagnating levels of competitiveness, Africa’s economies will not create enough jobs for the young people entering the job market, according to a report released today. If current policies remain unchanged, fewer than one-quarter of the 450 million new jobs needed in Africa in the next 20 years will be created.
Deadline: 21-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The Tourism, Gender and Competitiveness survey is a World Bank initiative to evaluate the impact of the non-all-inclusive versus all-inclusive tourism models on youth and female employment and potential spillover effects to associate sectors such as agriculture in two pilot countries: St. Lucia and Grenada.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) employ about half of the workforce in developing countries. SME growth may thus raise incomes for many low-income households. But SMEs often face significant constraints to growth relative to large firms ranging from excessive red tape to limited access to finance.
In this talk, Miriam Bruhn will discuss empirical evidence on commonly used policies for SME growth. Miriam will cover policies that work and policies that don’t in the areas of regulation, access to finance, and business practices. Encouragingly, evidence from Mexico, Georgia, Peru, and elsewhere shows that there are a number of programs that governments can implement to support SME growth. She will also highlight implementation challenges and caveats for some of these policies.
How to join! 12:30 – 2:00 PM, November 8, 2016
A Greener Path to Competitiveness: Policies for Climate Action in Industries and Products
- Industries play a considerable role in tackling climate change.
- Although the benefits of decarbonizing industry are well understood, the business case is not always clear.
- With the right strategies and policies in place, businesses can remain competitive while implementing climate-friendly production methods.