Date: November 27-28, 2018
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
Two representatives from AWCCI attended the Geneva Conference on Nov 27 and 28, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Afsana Rahimi, Chair of AWCCI was a panelist on Private Sector where stressing on the very powerful slogan, “Afghan women are not economic beneficiaries, they are economic actors”, talked about the Achievements and challenges of AWCCI.
Ms. Manizha Wafeq, the President of AWCCI was a panelist on SDGs Side Meeting and she spoke about below points:
- Small and Medium Enterprises owned by both men and women are important to the economy of a country specially Afghanistan where unemployment as high as over 40%. These SMEs have created and are potential to create more jobs and contribute to the SDGs 1, 8 and 16
- SMEs with their social entrepreneurship spirit in service sector have and can contribute to SDG 4 Quality Education by having started and starting school and learning institutions.
- There are around 1200 formal businesses owned by women who created over 45000 jobs. 200 of these businesses are startups - since 2016. Government can provide a better environment for entrepreneurship and startups and larger companies and international partners can provide support in various kinds to create more of them and so more jobs.
- Afghan Gov. has developed strategies that encompasses skills development, promoting and fostering entrepreneurship and startups, strengthening institutions with women mainstreamed in them such as NES, WEE NPP, PSD NPP and NTP these are well aligned towards achieving SDGs.
AWCCI also participated in Geneva exhibition and presented its activities and women products in a booth.