Afghanistan

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE and the Ministry of Education conducted business proposal writing competitions in two boys’ and two girls’ high schools in Nangarhar Province for students in CIPE’s Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course. Sixty students presented business proposals, which challenge the students to apply their classroom lessons in developing real-world business ideas. A final competition will be held among the top students from all 44 high schools participating in Tashabos.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – On October 7, CIPE conducted a training seminar for members of the Economic Commission of the Kabul Provincial Council, as well as members of the provincial working group (comprised of members of the Provincial Council and leaders from local government and business). Participants discussed the informal economy, business advocacy, and the Afghanistan National Business Agenda. CIPE held an additional session with members of the Economic Commission on methods to transform businesses from the informal economy to the formal economy.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan/Pakistan – This week the board of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) met in Karachi to discuss a range of issues, including membership development, financial planning, and transition of the PAJCCI presidency from the Pakistan office to the Afghanistan office. The PAJCCI staff reported the organization currently has 237 members in Pakistan and 179 members in Afghanistan.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – Responsibility for industrial parks was transferred from the Ministry of Commerce to the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA). This development responds to a key recommendation included in the National Business Agenda for Afghanistan supported by CIPE in 2011 to create business parks to provide better infrastructure for businesses. AISA informed CIPE that the infrastructure for the Sarshahi Industrial Park is almost complete, with 60 plots assigned to investors.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – Secretary of the Herat Provincial Council Sakina Hussainy visited CIPE’s Kabul office this week to discuss an anti-corruption initiative the council has undertaken. After receiving complaints of extortion at the provincial border checkpoints, members of the Provincial Council investigated. Members of the Provincial Council spent a night observing the checkpoint at Mirdawood on the Kandahar-Herat Highway and witness several instances of extortion. The Provincial Council submitted a report on the issue to Herat officials.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted business proposal writing competitions in four high schools in Kabul Province. Eighty students in CIPE’s Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course participated in the competition, which challenges the students to apply the course lessons in developing a real world business idea.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted exhibitions in five girls’ high schools in Kabul Province of handicrafts and products created by students in the Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course. The exhibitions provide an opportunity for students to gain practical business skills and learn about sales, marketing, and customer service.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted exhibitions in five high schools of handicrafts and products created by students in CIPE’s Tashabos entrepreneurship course. Toba Sultani, an 11th grade student said, “[The exhibition] helped me to learn how to promote my business and gain further experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, and business development."

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan CIPE met with members of the Nangarhar Provincial Council this week to discuss the training seminars CIPE has conducted on issues of democratic governance, market economics, and corruption. CIPE’s seminars have enabled the council to take on several anti-corruption initiatives. It conducted a campaign against corruption in the provincial customs and revenue department. The council provided guidance in the contracting process for managing the dorms at Nangarhar University, which led to a savings of $200,000.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan In partnership with Kabul University’s National Center for Policy Research, CIPE conducted three training seminars this week for legislative aides of Afghanistan’s parliament, the National Assembly. More than 40 aides attended each seminar.

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