The Center for Economic Initiatives is a not-for-profit business development organization devoted to providing assistance and training for organizations and individuals in the developing world.CEI has been working since 1995 to increase the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized firms in the developing world and in emerging democracies. Our expertise also extends to strengthening non-governmental and business support organizations. Our study tour program, based on the technical assistance program of the Marshall Plan, provides business leaders and government officials with the insights necessary to make their enterprises more productive, thus increasing living standards for individuals, communities, and countries.
Our industry experts conduct on-site consulting assignments at businesses and institutions to help them increase sales, lower costs, introduce new products, and achieve higher profitability.
CEI offers technical assistance for individuals and organizations seeking information on a variety of areas related to manufacturing, construction, marketing, government and agriculture. Questions related to specific topics can be asked and CEI will make its best efforts to research the answers. The questions are usually related to one of our study tour subjects, but this is not a requirement. Typically there is no charge for initial consultations. CEI designs and organizes short term study tours for groups interested in a specific topic or industry. CEI can quote fees for these programs. CEI consultants are available to visit clients and to advise them on current industry practices. A nominal fee, plus expenses, is charged for these programs.Example topics have included: energy conservation, procedures for exporting to the U.S., and the supply of agriculture experts. Contact CEI at [email protected] for further information.
To promote and assist economic development in developing and transforming nations by providing technical assistance in industry, agriculture and government that leads to increased productivity and a higher standard of living.
How CEI carries out its mission
Provides training and consultation to organizations and individuals. Partners with other organizations in the U.S. and in other nations. Provides information on practices and operations within democratic and free-market societies. Furthers information exchange between the United States and developing/transforming countries. Organizes and conducts technical assistance programs, based on the Marshall Plan’s study tours, showing how the U.S. economy is organized and giving them tools to apply learned techniques at home. Sets up and operates productivity centers to further business education and exchange. Organizes other business, technical, and scientific programs consistent with its mission. Operates Web sites that bring U.S. and foreign companies together.
Our volunteer consultants serve as American ambassadors of good will, transferring knowledge and expertise to create sustainable development. By helping people in the less developed world improve their lives, they help increase the standard of living in these nations.
CEI is based in Cincinnati Ohio. In other countries we operate out of the offices of our partner organizations.
CEI programs are primarily funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other government agencies. Activities are also funded indirectly by World Bank loans to other countries.
CEI Helps America
As a partner with USAID, CEI is deeply involved in the U.S. foreign assistance program. We help people in developing countries and emerging nations build strong private sectors that help to reduce poverty, promote self-determination and ensure global stability. CEI improves trade opportunities for American companies, helps to keep the U.S. economy strong and enhances national security.