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In Palo Alto: Economic Governance Index (EGI) Gauges Doing Business in Asia

March 12, 2008

San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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 the provinces that are most open to private enterprise and least encumbered by red-tape when it comes to business start-up, for example: entry and licensing costs, inspections and registration waiting periods, transparency, and 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  increased public attention when index standings are announced, resulting in healthy competition among provinces. As a result, businesses and entrepreneurs have begun to see the index 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 important effort to support increased business activity through the use of the Economic Governance Index. We hope you are able to join one of the presentations.

Expert Speakers:

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

RSVP: Please reply by March 19, 2008 to [email protected] or 415 743-3347

with your name, affiliation, contact information, and the location/date of the one EGI presentation you would like to attend.

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


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