Economic Governance Index (EGI) Gauges Doing Business in Asia
Event: March 26, 27, 28 & April 1, 2008
Berkeley, CA – March 26, 2008
Palo Alto, CA – March 27, 2008
San Francisco, CA – March 28, 2008
Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2008
The Asia Foundation has pioneered a tool called the local “Economic Governance Index” (EGI) as a way to measure business-friendliness of local governments in Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The EGI highlights provinces most open to private enterprise and least encumbered by red-tape when it comes to business set up, for example: entry and licensing costs, inspections and registration waiting periods, transparency, access to training and legal institutions.
The governments of these provinces have embraced the EGI as a tool to help them measure local reforms and government performance, and there has been public increased attention when index standings are announced, resulting in competition among provinces. As a result, businesses and entrepreneurs have begun to see it as a useful means of deciding where to put businesses. A team of economic experts are hosting a series of programs this Spring on this compelling index. We hope you are able to join one of the presentations.
Bruce Tolentino, Director of Economic Reform and Development Programs at The Asia Foundation, San Francisco
Edmund Malesky, Asia Foundation partner and Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego
Veronique Salze-Lozac’h, Regional Director of Economic Reform and Development Programs, The Asia Foundation, Cambodia
Neil McCulloch, Director of Economic Programs, The Asia Foundation, Indonesia
Berkeley – Wednesday, March 26, 2008: 10:00 am-1:00 pm, lunch included
UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library
109 Moses Hall, U.C. Berkeley Campus, Berkeley
Co-sponsored by Center for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, and Institute of Governmental Studies
Palo Alto – Thursday, March 27, 2008: 4:30–6:00pm
Stanford University’s Donald L. Lucas Conference Center
Corner of Galvez and Serra Streets, Stanford University Campus, Palo Alto
Co-sponsored by Stanford’s Center for International Development
San Francisco – Friday, March 28, 2008: noon–2:00 pm, lunch included
The Asia Foundation’s Haydn Williams Conference Room
465 California Street, 8th floor, San Francisco
Co-sponsored by Cal-Asia Business Council
For Bay Area events listed above, please reply by March 19, 2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415 743-3347 with your name, affiliation, contact information, and the location/date of the one EGI presentation you would like to attend.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, April 1, 2008
For more information about the Washington D.C. event, please contact The Asia Foundation’s Washington office at email@example.com.
Space is limited at all locations.
You will be sent a confirmation within 2 business days of your request.
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