Afghanistan

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – The Federation of Afghan Craftsmen and Traders (FACT), a business association representing over 50,000 SMEs in Afghanistan, was able to secure from the government 1,205 square meters of commercial space in Kabul, including 11 shops and one storage building. The shops are now occupied by small businesses. FACT’s accomplishments are a result of its advocacy efforts supported by CIPE through a small grant.

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CIPE partner in China hosts conference on transparency in provincial government operations; CIPE-supported workshop in the West Bank highlights the importance of good governance for local economies; CIPE provides training and development support to new women’s business association in Afghanistan

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CIPE-supported public-private dialogue encourages improved access to credit for Nigerian businesswomen; CIPE leads civil society workshop in Yemen; CIPE initiates development of a provincial business agenda in Afghanistan’s Balkh province

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE Kabul convened a meeting of its Advisory Board to brief board members on planned activities for 2014-15 and provide information on recent achievements and impact. The board discussed potential provincial business agendas in Balkh and Herat provinces, as well as suggestions for topics for policy discussion roundtables in Kandahar and Balkh provinces.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE Afghanistan Program Manager Matiullah Murad attended a meeting in Jalalabad on economic issues organized by the U.S. Embassy. Murad discussed CIPE’s programs in the region, including the Provincial Business Agenda (PBA), policy roundtables, and the training program for provincial councils. Several private sector representatives attended the meeting, including Senior Advisor to the Nangarhar branch of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr. Muklis Ahmad who shared his support for the PBA.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – President of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khan Jan Alokozai issued an appeal to truck drivers at the Torkham border crossing with Pakistan to not pay bribes. Alokozai also met this week with the Customs Department at the Ministry of Finance to ensure proper export procedures are being followed. With a seasonal rise in the export of fresh fruit from Afghanistan to Pakistan, hundreds of trucks are currently crossing the border.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE met with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to discuss progress on advocacy efforts to promote policy recommendations included in the National Business Agenda. ACCI reported that the Cabinet agreed to stop local municipalities from levying taxes at industrial parks in the Poli Charkhi district and in Herat Province until the required services are provided to businesses. The Cabinet also agreed to reduce the fee for electricity from six Afghanis per kilowatt to four Afghanis.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE provided technical assistance to the Tashabos Education Organization, an independent Afghan entity now managing the Tashabos youth entrepreneurship program originally launched by CIPE, in holding handicraft exhibitions in eight schools across Kabul province. The exhibition gave the students a chance to display and sell their products, as well as to develop their marketing skills.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted an interview with Nangarhar Provincial Council member Dr. Abdulqahar Ludin on the impact of CIPE’s training program for provincial council members. Since participating in the training program, which focused on topics including corruption, the informal economy, democratic governance, and advocacy, the Nangarhar Provincial Council has undertaken several local anticorruption initiatives. Dr.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – This week the U.S. Agency for International Development agreed to fund the construction of a 16 megawatt solar plant at the Shurandam industrial park for the Kandahar Electricity Department. The Industrial Association of Afghanistan has been advocating for this project for several years, based on an idea that originated in the CIPE-supported Afghanistan National Business Agenda in 2011.

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