Weekly Update: South Asia

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

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.

Afghanistan –The Federation of Afghanistan Craftsmen and Traders (FACT) held a meeting this week with the Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance as part of an advocacy program supported by CIPE. FACT is advocating for the amendment of Articles 64, 74, and 75 of the country’s tax law, which they feel are too complex and problematic, as well as seeking a five-year tax holiday for craftsmen.

Pakistan – CIPE Pakistan Deputy Country Director Hammad Siddiqui was in Islamabad to meet with local representatives of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) to discuss follow-up plans for activities held during GEW 2012. It was agreed that CIPE will consider jointly hosting a conference of entrepreneurship teachers from across Pakistan to engage teachers in debates on how entrepreneurship education should be promoted in the country. During his visit to Islamabad, Siddiqui also met with the leadership of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce to finalize plans for the next All-Pakistan Chamber Presidents' Conference, scheduled for February 25-26. Currently, 22 chamber presidents have confirmed their participation.



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