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Symposium 2010

Building Thriving Companies in Low-Income Economies

The Challenge

Post-conflict economies and many low-income countries, such as Bangladesh, Haiti and Rwanda, offer prospects for high returns. But inward investment flows beyond oil and mining have remained scarce and have taken a substantial hit as a result of the global crisis.

This group of economies is locked in a pervasive disequilibrium sustained by low expectations, dismal reputations, high entry barriers and poor information.

The creation of steady employment in formal enterprises is central to economic development and stability. The few successful companies in these markets merit attention.

Factors that de press investment today may recede as credible evidence of profitability shifts collective expec tations. Is there scope to reverse the marginalization of the poorest countries in the global economy? How can low-income countries credibly signal attractive business opportunities? And what can be done to reduce the high costs of “doing business” in these countries?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Encourage investment in financial and physical infrastructure and raise the quality of the labor force to reduce the costs of doing business.

    Encourage investment in financial and physical infrastructure and raise the quality of the labor force to reduce the costs of doing business.

    Encourage investment in financial and physical infrastructure and raise the quality of the labor force to reduce the costs of doing business.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
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    Leverage public investment through public-private partnerships on commercially viable projects.

    Leverage public investment through public-private partnerships on commercially viable projects.

    Leverage public investment through public-private partnerships on commercially viable projects.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
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    Speed up the process of diversification away from purely commodity-driven growth.

    Speed up the process of diversification away from purely commodity-driven growth.

    Speed up the process of diversification away from purely commodity-driven growth.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
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    Where substantial economies of scale remain unexploited, scale up national stock exchanges by creating regional financial hubs.

    Where substantial economies of scale remain unexploited, scale up national stock exchanges by creating regional financial hubs.

    Where substantial economies of scale remain unexploited, scale up national stock exchanges by creating regional financial hubs.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
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    Encourage signaling of good governance through the rapid pursuit of efficiency, transparency and accountability in government.

    Encourage signaling of good governance through the rapid pursuit of efficiency, transparency and accountability in government.

    Encourage signaling of good governance through the rapid pursuit of efficiency, transparency and accountability in government.

    Polity, Business

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Building Thriving Companies in Low-Income Economies

    Highlight nascent economic opportunities Work on low-income countries has largely been donor-driven and focused on the social sectors, governance, and a range of macroeconomic issues. The private sect ...

    Highlight nascent economic opportunities Work on low-income countries has largely been donor-driven and focused on the social sectors, governance, and a range of macroeconomic issues. The private sector has received limited attention by donors and researchers. Developing the private sector and creating employment in formal enterprises play a vital part in building a modern economy and working towards social and political stability. Post-conflict economies and many low-income countries are locked in a pervasive disequilibrium sustained by a dismal reputation, low expectations, high entry barriers and a complete lack of trusted market information. Over the past years, there have been a

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Implemen- tations

    Implementation
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    Swisscontact - Tooling Sector Creates Jobs and Income in the Western Cape

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society