Weekly Update: South Asia

Caroline Scullin, cscullin@cipe.org, 202-721-9200

Afghanistan – CIPE marked Global Entrepreneurship Week with an event held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to build awareness of the contributions of young entrepreneurs to Afghanistan’s economy and society. An exhibition at Bibi Sahrah girls’ high school gave 11 students from CIPE’s Tashabos high school entrepreneurship course the opportunity to display crafts and products they have developed and practice their marketing skills.

Afghanistan CIPE participated in a roundtable organized by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the issue of “Substitute Investments for the Contract Economy after 2014.” Participants included private sector leaders, representatives of business associations, the Economy Minister, Deputy Interior Minister, Deputy Minister of Mining and Industry, the Deputy Manger of Da Afghanistan Bank, the head of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency, other government officials and staff from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The discussion focused on reforms needed to strengthen the economy in anticipation of the 2014 withdrawal of international forces, touching on issues such as capital flight, monetary devaluation, political reform, corruption, and monopolies. The participants agreed that the government must focus on improving the business enabling environment.



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