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IMANI FIGHTS FOR PROPER CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT IN GHANA

April 18, 2019

The logistical difficulties of running a business vary from country to country, but in Ghana, the judicial system has become a significant hindrance to business development. But IMANI Center for Policy and Education (IMANI), an Accra-based Atlas Network partner, has launched a successful effort to change the way the courts respond to businesses in a way that helps to secure property rights, facilitate entrepreneurship, and improve contract enforcement.

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FREEDOM FLOURISHES AT LIBERTYCON 2019 IN BELGRADE

April 17, 2019

Over 800 of the world’s most passionate libertarian minds convened in Belgrade, Serbia for the 8th annual LibertyCon Europe. The conference, which was held April 5-7, has become an annual tradition in Europe and brings together academics, students, and activists who are passionate about the ideas of liberty. The theme for this year’s conference was “A Freer Future,” highlighting the positive global trend towards liberty as well as the work that still needs to be done. Atlas Network’s own Vale Sloane served as master of ceremonies for the conference.

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STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES IN MEXICO PRESSURED FOR TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS

April 16, 2019

Energy-focused state-owned enterprises (SOE) play a critical role in Mexico’s economic growth, but they often operate under poor governance structures, weak management systems, and widespread inefficiency. Worse, poor transparency practices make SOE’s vulnerable to corruption. With Mexico’s government still in a state of transition under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, increasing transparency and promoting good corporate governance in state-owned enterprises is an important step in decreasing the barriers to entry for private businesses.

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THE INTERSECTION OF SECURITY AND FREEDOM IN HAITI AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

April 16, 2019

For many developing countries, trust and confidence in state institutions are relatively weak, if not nonexistent. In a presentation to the International Republican Institute’s conference on citizen security in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Joseph Harold Pierre, founder of N’ap sove Ayiti (NAPSA) focused on the challenges of security and law enforcement on the Greater Antilles island of Hispaniola, where both countries are located.

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TAXPAYERS CALCULATOR LAUNCHES IN PERU

April 15, 2019

Asociación de Contribuyentes del Peru launched a tax calculator for Peruvian taxpayers last month. This tool makes it possible for Peruvians to calculate and track how much of their money is going to taxes and see exactly how the government is spending it. In the future, Asociación de Contribuyentes del Peru hopes to expand the calculator to include small- and medium-sized enterprises. Already the calculator has gotten the attention of SUNAT—Peru’s tax collection agency—which is interested in building a partnership to better inform the project.

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LIMS LIGHTS UP LEBANON

April 12, 2019

Rolling blackouts and spending billions on subsidies to a failing state-owned electricity company, Electricité Du Liban (EDL), have been facts of life in Lebanon the last several years. The subsidies to EDL from 2008 to 2017 have averaged 3.8 percent of GDP and constitute roughly half of Lebanon’s fiscal deficit. Recognizing this as an unacceptable status quo, the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS) has been a thought leader in advocating for opening up the sector to competition for the last three years. Its research and advocacy seems to have finally paid off, with the Lebanese Cabinet’s recent approval of a plan to amend Law 288 to overhaul the energy sector and allow private companies to begin producing electricity. The Lebanese government has decided to rely solely on private independent power producers (IPP) for all future electricity generation projects and this amendment provides the legal framework for doing so. Its pledge to the people is to allow the development of an infrastructure that can support electricity 24 hours a day.

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CRECE'S ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX ASSESSES PUERTO RICO'S ECONOMY

April 8, 2019

More than a decade after Puerto Rico’s worst economic crisis began, high taxes, recurring fiscal deficits, and a challenging business climate continue to affect the island’s freedom potential and economic growth. Centro para Renovación Económica, Crecimiento y Excelencia (CRECE) recently released Puerto Rico Economic Freedom Index, a report on economic freedom in the commonwealth. Upon completion of the study, CRECE determined that Puerto Rico has a moderate level of economic freedom, but still lags behind the mainland U.S. and other Caribbean countries.

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