Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) participated in the 11th edition of World Chambers Congress and Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 12-14 June 2019. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Chambers Federation holds World Chambers Congress and the competition every 2 years. The competition was in three categories, Best Education and Training Project, Best SME and Entrepreneurship Development Project, and Best Unconventional Project. AWCCI participated in the category of Best SME’s and Entrepreneurship Development competition this year. After being among 16 finalists of world Chambers Competition, AWCCI won the competition among 6 of its category and they were Cali Chamber of Commerce (Colombia), Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (Turkey), Konya Chamber of Industry (Turkey), National Confederation of Industry (Brazil), and Quito Chamber of Commerce (Ecuador).
AWCCI represented its achievements and accomplishments in less than two years to reflect its efficiency in women economic empowerment and advocacy for Afghan women, such as: in the first year of establishment: facilitating 665 participation of more than 200 women-owned businesses in 31 events (including exhibitions, conferences and workshops) inside and outside Afghanistan, Since 2016; more than 500 women attendance in legal awareness and advocacy training from 5 provinces Kabul, Mazar, Herat, Jelalabad and Kandahar. In 2018, 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, facilitating more than 700 participation of a total of 321 women from Kabul and provinces in more than 25 Exhibitions outside the country 15 Exhibitions inside the Country, Weekly Juma Bazaars in two locations of Kabul since July, 2018 , providing 160 women business owners with opportunity of participation in 6 training outside the country and 7 training inside the country, 13 conferences outside of the country, 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 and creating the Made by Afghan Women trademark to introduce top products of Afghan women made within and outside the country in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
AWCCI will keep on the hard work to develop Afghan women businesses and give them a national and international level recognition.
AWCCI’s President Ms. Manizha Wafeq not only spoke at the panel of the competition of Best SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development about above activities and accomplishments of AWCCI but also spoke in another panel “Chambers and Startups” highlighting from her experience the importance of Chambers to do policy advocacy for the startups and to provide them the platform to engage and network with experienced businesses.
It is worth mentioning that AWCCI’s participation in such a world class platform was possible due to its membership and support of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Afghanistan Chapter. AWCCI would like to thank all its supporters specially H.E. First Lady of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Industry’s and Commerce, ICC Afghanistan, ICC’s World Chambers Federation, International Trade Center (ITC), Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Afghanistan International Bank (AIB), Roshan Telecom, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) and the country of Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro for their hospitality.