Policy Papers

On cooperation between the republican public organization “Association of Business Women of Kazakhstan” and Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI). RPO ” Association of Business Women of Kazakhstan” represented by the President of Ms. Raushan Sarsembayeva, hereafter referred to as “Part-1” and AWCCI represent by the President Ms. Manizha Wafeq referred to as “Part-2” determine their intentions for futher cooperation and agree on following.

Kazakhstan hosted a Conference on Afghan Women’s Empowerment. Economic empowerment and collaborations among the two countries were one of the major themes discussed. This Memorandum of Understanding signed by Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce (AWCCI) and National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken” Council of discussions. The purpose of this MoU IS outlined

REECA Policy Paper

There are around 850 women-owned businesses in Afghanistan , half of which are in handicraft and traditional
businesses but less than ten are selling in the regional or global markets on regular basis. The handicrafts include
carpet, embroidery, woodcarving, jewelry making, cotton and silk shawls and leather products.
In the past 15 years the focus has been on producing more of these products and making sales through exhibitions
within and outside the country. Whereas additional analysis is required to be undertaken on the quality, design, and
access to more permanent buyers, sufficient knowledge of the rationale behind such exhibitions is already clear.
As part of the efforts towards women’s economic empowerment, the Afghan government formulated its National
Priority Program (NPP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment that includes the principal component of increasing
access to markets for women-owned enterprises as well as several subcomponents related to work on the quality
and branding of their products. This component is aimed at improving women’s access to quality inputs, designs, and
markets, and facilitating export and income generation for women and families undertaking creative activities.
In an effort to bring synergy and complementarity with national priorities, the Regional Economic Cooperation
Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA), under its new approach included the women’s economic empowerment
component into its agenda, which is already contributing, inter alia, to the implementation of the Women’s Economic
Empowerment NPP.
RECCA recognizes that women across the wider region have much to contribute to the implementation of the
platform’s regional cooperation and investment projects, and they also stand to benefit from their success. It is,
therefore, imperative that women across the entire region be engaged in the activities of RECCA including Investment
Road Shows, Business Forums as well as the biennial Ministerial and Academic Forum meetings of the platform, and
other more targeted support activities to improve economic conditions for women to both benefit from and actively
contribute to regional economic cooperation.
There are a number of primary areas where regional cooperation will have direct impact on women economic
empowerment, and those include: sharing the knowledge on best practices; fostering links and building networks
among women entrepreneurs in the wider region; creating value chains at the regional level; utilizing regional
chambers of commerce and industries and organizing joint-ventures, exhibitions and business forums, among others.