Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Street 1 Qala Fatula
Brief description of your organization/association:
AWCCI received approval from the High Economic Council of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan presided by President Ashraf Ghani, on 12th March 2017, to become the first Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Afghanistan. Officially launched on 2 October 2017, AWCCI previously functioned under the name “Leading Entrepreneurs for Afghanistan’s Development (LEAD). The successful lobbying conducted by LEAD, led to the approval of the President and subsequent creation of the AWCCI. AWCCI has also attained a seat at the High Economic Council, which is the highest policy and decision-making platform in the state.
AWCCI’s mission is to meaningfully represent Afghan businesswomen’s concerns and interests at the policy level, which it successfully accomplishes by focusing on policy and law reviews in addition to providing training for women business owners on the laws in the country. AWCCI has developed one of the most extensive databases containing the details of approximately 850 women led/owned businesses from across the country which facilitates its efforts in informing policy and advocating for women’s economic sustainability.
It’s Research and Advocacy Unit has completed three groundbreaking research projects on (1) Internal Factors of Business Growth for Women owned businesses in 5 provinces, (2) Value Chain analysis of Silk, and (3) Value Chain Analysis of Precious Stones and Jewelry with International Trade Center.
In 2016, AWCCI had provided awareness on business laws and policies to more than 400 businesswomen and during 2017 more than 650 women business owners participated in its programs in addition to programs organized by other relevant institutions which comprised of discussions on policy and legal issues.
Reflecting AWCCI's extraordinary advocacy achievements, was the groundbreaking and historical 5 percent preference clause added to the National Procurement Procedure by the National Procurement Authority and was gifted to AWCCI on March 8th, 2018, due to its impactful advocacy campaign. AWCCI has also initiated close cooperation with the government's Public Partnership Department which will help facilitate joint public private investments by women.
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