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Report on Official Launch of the Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries in North Zone-Balkh Province

Date: January 28, 2018

Venue: Provincial Council Hall, Balkh Province

AWCCI officially launched its activities and General Assembly in the North Zone-Balkh province on January 28th, 2018. The launch was attended by around 50 women business owners, government dignitaries, AWCCI leadership from Kabul and media. The program was facilitated by Ms. Afsana Rahimi, Chair of Board of Director of AWCCI, Ms. Manizha Wafeq, President and one of Founder of AWCCI and Ms. Farahnaz Hakimi, Business Development Services Assistant of AWCCI. The event was opened by the recitation of the few verses from the Holy Quran and playing National Anthem of the country. Subsequently, Ms. Manizha Wafeq welcomed all the participants especially Ms. Shahla Hadid, Director of Women Affairs of Balkh Province, Women Entrepreneurs and all others. Ms. Wafeq briefly introduced the establishment of AWCCI, its Board of Directors, Advisory Board, seat in policymaking and decisions making tables such as High Economic Council. Later on Ms. Shahla Hadid presented her speech. In her speech Ms. Hadid expressed her contentment with the launch of AWCCI in Balkh province and stated that the opening of AWCCI in the Balkh province will have positive effects on the women businesses in neighboring provinces of Balkh such as, Konduz, Sare Pul, Jawzjan and Samangan. Consequently, Ms. Shekiba Shekib Advisor to Governor Balkh Province presented her speech and expressed her contentment with the opening of AWCCI in this province.

In the launch ceremony, Ms. Afsana Rahimi AWCCI Chair of Board of Directors, presented her brief speech. Later on, Ms. Wafeq presented AWCCI’s Bylaw and highlighted the terms of election and responsibilities of Board of Directors in North-Zone. Based on the Bylaw, five members of the Board of Directors will be selected after transparent election. In consultation with businesswomen in North Zone that were present in the event, 10 businesswomen from Balkh, Jawzjan and Samangan nominated themselves. After election and voting process the following five businesswomen were elected for the Board of Directors of AWCCI in North Zone: Ms. Shekiba Shekib, Ms. Soraya Noori, Ms. Khushbo Ghafari, Ms. Shokrya Yaqobi and Ms. Qandi Amaki.

Consequently, with Director of Women Affairs, AWCCI Team and the Balkh province elected Board of Directors of North Zone inaugurated the activities of AWCCI by cutting the ribbon and prayed for the success of the chamber. The program ended by playing H.E. First Lady’s video message on the launch of AWCCI in Zones