IEA welcomes end of state-funded lobbying

Our series of Sock Puppet papers – Sock Puppets, Euro Puppets, and The Sock Doctrine, all by IEA Head of Lifestyle Economic Christopher Snowdon – have argued strenuously for the ending of government funding of charities who then use the money to lobby the government. We are delighted that the government has announced today that charities will no longer be able to use public funds to lobby ministers. We have responded here, whilst our influence on the decision features in the Daily Telegraph and BBC News.

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By Laura Llewellyn-Jones, 10th Feb 2016 ( comments)

The main blame for the slow take up of Mobile Money falls on the Nigerian Central Bank (NCB). The NCB has followed a ‘bank-led’ model where they have licenced banks to operate Mobile Money rather than the telecommunication companies. The reason for the bank-led model in Nigeria has been partly for protectionist reasons, to avoid money laundering and also due to concerns about a loss of control. The NCB has also more heavily legislated the Mobile Money industry making the Nigerian regulatory environment less attractive.

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