Date: December 20-31, 2018
Venue: AWCCI main Office
Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries hosted its Provincial and Kabul Board of Directors and Managers on December 29-31, 2018 in AWCCI main Office. The purpose of this meeting were training provincial Board and managers to work independently in coordination with Kabul office, reviewing 2018 accomplishments and planning for 2019. Provincial Board of Directors and Zone Managers from 4 Zones, North, East, South and West and Kabul Board of Directors participated this session. AWCCI is grateful to Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE) for sponsoring the logistic of this program. Besides, Mr. Mohammad Naim, Program Director of CIPE Facilitated two days part time training on Free Market Economies and Good Democratic Governance.
Ms. Afsana Rahimi, Chair of AWCCI Board of Directors welcomed all participants. Subsequently, participants introduced themselves to each other and Ms. Manizha Wafeq, President and co-Founder of AWCCI shared the agenda of three day workshop with all participants. Based on the agenda, Ms. Wafeq started the workshop with a review of establishing Leading Entrepreneur for Afghanistan Development (LEAD) and the process of changing its name to AWCCI.
Later on, Ms. Wafeq talked on membership based organization’s and advocacy training emphasized on Meritocracy in AWCCI and asked provincial Board and Managers to do a research before every action they take. Mentioning one of 2018 biggest achievements, Ms. Wafeq talked about the 5 percent Priority by National Priority Authority (NPA). She said that AWCCI was not the first Organization that requested for getting this privilege (5% Priority), but AWCCI was the first Organization which could convince NPA to give it to women based on the written documents it provided and gave it with an award to Ms. Wafeq in international Women day.
At first day afternoon of workshop, SCWEC (SAARC Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs Council) Executive members election for 2019 held. Women entrepreneurs from Kabul and center of 4 Zones participated the session. The session started with an introduction to SCWEC to the participants. Women entrepreneurs from Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kandahar nominated themselves for 9 seats and 9 were elected by the majority of votes as Executive members of SCWEC.
Afterwards, Ms. Wafeq talked about the strategic plan of 2018 and how AWCCI was successful to achieve the goals. The highlights of 2018 accomplishments were, 5% priority for women in procurement by National Procurement Authority (NPA) , 15-20% Industrial rule for SME’s and women, Private Sector Development NPP, National Export strategy, National Trade Policy, more than 25 Exhibitions outside the country 15 Exhibitions inside the Country, Weekly Juma Bazar in two locations of Kabul since July, 2018, a total of 321 women from Kabul and provinces attended above exhibitions, 6 Training outside the country, 7 training inside the country, 13 conferences outside of the country, providing 160 women business owners with the above mentioned opportunities, First Time in 16 years 8 women companies went to Dubai to sell of Global Village for six months, Establishing first mini Industrial Park and 20 women recognized and provided business expansion support in four years of annual Bibi Khadija Award. A two pager of AWCCI database provided by research unit of AWCCI which was presented to participants by Ms. Wafeq.
Later on, Ms. Tamana Farewar, North Zone Manager presented the highlights of AWCCI activities during 2018 in North Zone. Ms. Nasim Gul Azizi, West Zone Manager have also presented the highlights of AWCCI accomplishments during 2018 in west zone.
Subsequently, Ms. Wafeq asked participants to work in groups for 2019 planning to focus on specific areas that needs improvement in each zone. Participants were divided into 5 groups from Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar and set goals for coming year.
At the end of second day workshop, AWCCI signed a MoU with Ghazanfar Bank. Ms. Manizha Wafeq, President of AWCCI, AWCCI Board of Directors, Mr. Jayanta Ray, Chief Executive of Ghazanfar Bank, and Ghazanfar Bank Board of Directors participate in this meeting.
On third day of workshop, CIPE training under the title of “Good Democratic Governance” facilitated by Mr. Naim for Participants. After that, Ms. Wafeq followed up on the draft of strategic plan that each zone worked on. The highlights of the plans were discussed and focused on the most important points each zone made.
In conclusion, AWCCI team were asked to work harder to achieve the 2019 goals as well