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Economic Governance Index (EGI) Gauges Doing Business in Asia

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.

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

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 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
Space is limited at all  locations.
You will be sent a confirmation within 2 business days of your request.

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