Civil Society, Free Media, and Advocacy

Advocacy as a Policymaking Tool

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Ms. Camelia Bulat is the Executive Director of the CIPE-established Regional Center for Organization Management (RCOM) in Romania, which provides programs and services for business support organizations …

Business represents an important segment of society – one that provides goods and services, creates jobs, attracts investment, drives innovation, and increases the standard of living. Yet, to fulfill its functions, business must be able to operate in a sound legal and regulatory environment. Experience of various countries shows that for such an environment to emerge, it is imperative for the private sector to participate openly in the policymaking process. Business associations’ engagement in public policy advocacy provides the private sector with such an opportunity. As a voice of the private sector, voluntary, independent business associations can lead advocacy efforts to create an environment conducive to entrepreneurship and business development and growth.

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