Afghanistan

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – This week CIPE printed 44,000 textbooks for students in CIPE’s Tashaboshigh school entrepreneurship courses for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. CIPE will distribute the textbooks to participating schools in Kabul, Parwan, Bamiyan, and Nangahar Provinces.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

CIPE partner organizes Paraguayan presidential debate; CIPE holds roundtable on improving Afghanistan’s ranking in World Bank’s Doing Business indicator; CIPE partner conducts journalism classes at the Bishkek Humanities University in Kyrgyzstan

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan CIPE conducted a training seminar for 13 members of the Provincial Councils of Herat and Badghis responsible for economic development issues. The participants discussed how to move from informality to the formal sector, and how a successful democracy must respond to the economic needs of the people.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan The Federation of Afghanistan Craftsmen and Traders conducted a conference, “The Challenges and Problems of Taxpayers.” The conference, which was held as part of a CIPE-supported advocacy project, focused on proposed amendments to simplify the tax code, reducing corruption by lowering tax evasion, and a tax holiday to help spur business.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE Afghanistan Senior Program Officer Lailuma Social attended a workshop organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to discuss the launch of a business incubator for small and medium-sized businesses in Afghanistan. The incubator, to be established with assistance from the Indian government, will provide technology and machinery to spur business growth in Afghanistan. CIPE will explore opportunities for graduates of the Tashabos youth entrepreneurship program to be linked to the incubator.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan The Impressive Consultancy Company and the Women’s Economic Empowerment Center conducted an exhibition of products made by women-owned businesses on February 14 to mark Valentine’s Day. Several students from CIPE’s Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course participated in the event, setting up booths to display and sell their products, providing them with a chance to improve their marketing skills.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted two training seminars in Nangahar Province. The first seminar was for six members of an advocacy working group comprised of members of the Nangahar Provincial Council, as well as local officials and business leaders. The seminar covered advocacy strategies, democratic governance, and market economics. The second seminar was for members of the Economic Commission of Nangahar Provincial Council, at which the participants discussed democratic governance and the informal economy.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted a training seminar for members of the Kunar Provincial Council. All nine provincial council members participated in the seminar on topics including formalization of the informal economy and the links between democracy and market economics. In particular, the provincial council members discussed ways to help local governments register and issue permits to small businesses.

Weekly Update: South Asia

Afghanistan – The Ministry of Education in Nangahar Province conducted a business proposal writing competition. The competition encouraged students enrolled in CIPE’s Tashabos entrepreneurship course to develop a business plan. Mansoor Walizada was awarded first place for his plan to develop an ice production company.

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