Date and Time: March 14, 2021 – 09:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Venue: AWCCI Main Office
Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) launched the National Women’s Business Agenda (WNBA) on the occasion of AWCCI’s fourth Anniversary and Women’s History Month on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at AWCCI’s main office in Kabul. WNBA, prepared and published at the initiative of AWCCI, is the first roadmap for women’s economic empowerment by providing better environment for women enterprises and businesses in Afghanistan. The content of this document is gathered and developed by AWCCI staff in five zones of the country and volunteered businesswomen as focal points from 33 provinces of Afghanistan, except Nooristan, through Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and semi-structured interviews with businesswomen, a number of government and non-government officials, and representatives of the Provincial Council.
This document focuses on the problems and solutions of women businesses, which is published in a National Chapter and 33 separate Provincial Chapters. The National Women’s Business Agenda will be made available to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the international community once it is published in order to take a positive step in achieving the goals, addressing the problems and implementing the proposed solutions and recommendations.
The program started with the recitation of the few verses of the Holy Quran. Afterwards, Ms. Afsana Rahimi, the Chair of AWCCI, welcomed the guests and gave a brief overview of the program. The Keynote speakers of this event were Her Excellency Rula Ghani, the First Lady of Afghanistan, Her Excellency Hasina Safi, Minister of Women’s Affairs, and Mr. Jalaluddin Saeed, Advisor to the President in Domestic Products and Export Promotion. Ms. Palwasha Amin, Advisor to the First Lady and Ms. Helay Irshad, Advisor to the Minister of Industry and Commerce also deliver speeches. The event was attended by officials from several other government and international organizations, private sector, and businesswomen from Kabul and 17 provinces.
A presentation on AWCCI’s four years Accomplishments is delivered by Ms. Parwarish Oryakhail, the Deputy CEO of AWCCI. Afterwards, a presentation on WNBA was presented by Ms. Sayeda Faqirzada, the Director of Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) – AWCCI. The WNBA is inaugurated by cutting ribbon of its three copies in English, Dari and Pashto languages by the VIP guests and AWCCI board.
On this day, AWCCI’s trailblazer sponsor, AIB, also presented a cheque of $ 20,000 to sponsor AWCCI for the year 2021 and contribute in its operations cost and in women’s economic empowerment. AWCCI has strived to bring business facilities for women and facilitated women’s access to business opportunities across the country through various means including advocacy, connecting businesswomen to domestic and international markets including government contracts, capacity building and raising women’s professional business knowledge, and recognition of Afghan business women by other countries. Among its special guests and esteemed members, AWCCI celebrated its fourth anniversary and accomplishments of four years by cutting cake. An exhibition of women’s products from provinces, particularly focal points was also arranged.
WNBA Assistants and Focal Points were presented Appreciation Certificates for their great work and active role in putting together this document.
It is worth mentioning that WNBA also contains statistical information on 2471 formal business women and more than 54,000 informal business women from Kabul and provinces from AWCCI’s National Database. The event included the inauguration of a training and planning workshop for women from 33 provinces. The first workshop was held on Advocacy and planning for the implementation of WNBA in 33 provinces with provincial women who are part of AWCCI’s Advocacy Committees, at the end of the program by CIPE Afghanistan.