By CIPE Kabul Staff
On November 16, CIPE capped off over two years of work by organizing the inaugural meeting of Afghanistan’s Parliamentary Business Caucus. This new body will be a platform to focus on economic policymaking, promoting investment, creating jobs and promoting the rule of law and good governance in the country. The meeting, held at the Serena Hotel in Kabul, brought together 18 Members of Parliament (MPs) and eight representatives of leading business associations to discuss issues of concern to the business community, and ways in which the private sector and MPs can work together to make sure that Afghanistan passes key legislation to spur private sector development.
Attendees included Mirwais Yasini, First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Sayed Ikram, First Secretary of the Parliament, Mir Rahman Rahmani, Chairman of the Economic Commission of the Parliament, and MP Ramazan Jumazada. Private sector participants represented FACT, the Afghan Builders’ Association, the Industrialists’ Association, the Fruit Exporters’ Association, the Carpet Exporters’ Guild, the Afghan Chamber, and the Peace Through Business Network – a new women’s association.
CIPE Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Programs Andrew Wilson offered welcoming remarks, congratulated the participants on the successful launch of the Business Caucus. He remarked that “The promotion of the private sector is critical for creating employment opportunities, economic growth and the development of Afghanistan.” He also affirmed CIPE’s support for, and cooperation with, the Business Caucus. CIPE Kabul staff – Mohammad Nasib, Mohammad Naim, and Ibrahim Hassan – served as moderators, and talked about CIPE-supported National Business Agenda (NBA) and the effort to create the Caucus.