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‘Women own 850 companies in Afghanistan’

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The Afghan businesswomen have managed in recent years to play key role in micro business like handicrafts and agriculture, as currently 85 businesses are operating throughout Afghanistan with women’s direct investment.
Pointing to the second conference held on capacity building of businesswomen, in capital Kabul recently, an Afghan businesswoman, Muzhgan, in an interview with The Kabul Times reporter said, despite of many meetings on capacity building of businesswomen, they are still facing many problems.
“We are making efforts for economic development of the country but unfortunately still facing strong challenges including lack of support, lack of proper place and no access to global markets, etc. In my opinion, if the government and the international community want to support businesswomen and provide grounds of commercial activities and better opportunities, the number of their investment would quickly increase,” she added.
Addressing the conference, chairwoman of Afghan Businesswomen Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Manizha Wafeq emphasizing on this issue that at present several women led companies are operating throughout Afghanistan with slight financial and technical resources, said, “if they are supported, the number of their companies and quantity of their investment would rapidly increase in a short period of time.”
She added, their suggestion was that a small industrial park be given at their disposal to organize business effectively under a single umbrella. “Our products be evaluated and our access to markets be facilitated. Our investments have provided 40000 employment opportunities for people so far,”
The second conference on capacity building of Afghanistan businesswomen was organized by American University of Afghanistan aimed at solving their problems and providing them with professional trainings.
President of AUoA Keneith Holand committed that would continue their vocational assistance to Afghanistan businesswomen.
Meanwhile, addressing the conference, acting minister of finance Dr. Mohammad Humayun Qayoumi said, the government particularly the MoF have always tried to provide facilities to businesswomen. “We should do some works to increase role of women in economy and increase resources in a hope to improve women economic activities.”
Zuhal Faizi one of the businesswomen said, if the government organize exhibitions outside the country, their products would find more customers and better markets.
Prior to this in his address, president Ghani had said that the concerned organs have to provide further facilities for businesswomen and enable them to supply their products to foreign markets.
Although several exhibitions have been held for providing ground of economic activities of businesswomen, but they need more attention.
Shukria Kohistani

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