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16 Jan 2020

In a competitive market, the constant “churning” of firms into and out of business boosts productivity, economic growth, and net job creation. Without competitive markets, however, firm exit and the failures of firm entry could be due to obstacles other than competition and innovation. In African countries, incumbent firms and potential entrants face immense obstacles: a difficult political environment, burdensome business regulations, inadequate infrastructure, and limited access to finance.

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9 Jan 2020

The Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic observed the importance of CAR’s cooperating with regional States through joint Commissions. The Panel further observed that actions by armed groups continued to weaken the Peace Agreement. A key strategy of some armed groups continued to be centered on strengthening control over various territories in the country. Concerning the humanitarian situation, the Panel outlined the armed groups continuing human rights and [international humanitarian law] violations highlighting the constant attacks against humanitarians.

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3 Jan 2020

Providing clean water and sanitation will be one of the greatest global challenges over the next decade due to population growth and urbanization. Today, 785 million people lack access to clean drinking water, and over 2 billion lack access to a toilet. Additional sources of finance are needed in order to reduce the investment gap for water and sanitation programs. Through development agencies like USAID and OPIC, the United States can leverage additional private capital and increase the efficiency of existing water and sanitation programs. Reducing conflicts over water and ensuring stability in developing countries benefits U.S. development, security, and economic interests abroad.

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27 Dec 2019

The conference brought together experts and analysts from various sectors, including the energy industry, government, financial services, media, and academia, to deliberate the obstacles that the energy industry and policymakers in the Gulf face as they deal with lower fossil fuel prices, declining investment in hydrocarbon resources, pressure to reduce their carbon footprints, and a global energy mix that is increasingly turning to renewable sources of energy. Speakers and participants addressed all of these issues against the backdrop of geopolitical tensions in the region that escalated into attacks against the energy and shipping industries, raising critical questions about the security environment of the Gulf and the commitments that external powers have made to their regional partners.

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