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Policy Roundtables

CIPE conducts policy roundtables to bring together government officials and stakeholders to discuss economic policy reforms. Participants in the roundtables include members of parliament, senior government officials, business leaders, academics, representative from think tanks, and the media. These roundtables are designed to analyze barriers to business growth including the root causes of corruption, and to formulate policy recommendations that can be advocated to the government. Discussion papers on the topics are prepared and distributed to the participants prior to the meeting.

  • On March 18, 2013, in cooperation with the National Center for Policy Research, CIPE held a roundtable on “Engaging the Private Sector in Government Policy Decisions and Improving Afghanistan’s Ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicator.” More than 100 stakeholders participated in the roundtable, including Mr. Abdul Rahim Saeedi,

    Roundtable participants discuss reforms to improve Afghanistan’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicator

    Director General Private Sector Development, Ministry of Commerce and Industries and Mr. Atiqullah Aman, Chairman Budgetary Inspection Units from the Ministry of Finance. The roundtable focused on the government’s efforts to improve Afghanistan’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business indicator, and how those policies could be implemented to the benefit of businesses. Some of the issues discussed included a tax holiday for new businesses, and access to credit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • CIPE conducted a policy roundtable on December 24, 2012 on “Effective Measures for Fighting Corruption in Response to the Afghan Government’s Anti-Corruption Commitments Delivered at the Bonn Conference 2011.” More than 90 people attended the roundtable including Mr. Mohammad Aqa, Chairman of the Treasury Department, Ministry of Finance; Mr. Atiqullah Aman, Chairman of Budgetary Inspection Units, Ministry of Finance; and Mr. Shmas-u-Rahman Shams, Adviser to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and Judge of the Special Court on Kabul Bank. The participants agreed to 16 policy recommendations including establishing a private sector organization to fight corruption and coordinating with international donors to avoid awarding contracts to companies owned by high-ranking officials.
  • On September 25, 2012 CIPE conducted a policy roundtable in Kabul on “Increasing Access to Credit and Other Banking Reforms.” Eighty participants, including Mr. Nurullah Delawari, Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank; Mr. Mohibullah Safi, President the Afghanistan National Bank; Mr. Masood Khan Ghazi, Chief Executive Officer of New Kabul Bank; and Mr. Khalil Sadiq, Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan International Bank discussed how bank reforms tie in the National Business Agenda, which CIPE helped launch last year. The participants agreed to a set of 10 policy recommendations, including the establishment of an agricultural bank and developing a mechanism for manufacturers of small crafts to obtain loans.
  • On March 27, 2012, CIPE and the National Center for Policy Research conducted a roundtable on “Lack of Land and High Rent for Businesses.” Ninety people attended the event including Mr. Motasil Komaki, Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Jawad Paikar, Director General of Land Reform, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Participants discussed the challenges businesses face in finding land and the corruption that leads to illegal occupying of established industrial parks. The participants developed a set of six recommendations for reform.