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International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development attends 11th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference

On December 8-10 2015,  Zakia Soleiman, director of the International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development (ICAWED) of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)  attended the 11th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference (BMC) 2015 entitled "Transaction to a Market Economy" in Washington. The conference was organized by Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce and attended by 300 businessmen and women from Afghanistan and United States.

Ms. Soleiman was invited by Afghan-American Chamber  of Commerce as one of the speaker at the panel about "Women in the Economy". She spoke about  the practical ways to engage diverse private and public sector to promote women's involvement in the economy and commercial history on Public Private Partnerships.

" A robust Public Private Partnership (PPP) development is possible and vital to Afghanistan’s future. But the international community must be thoughtful about how it attempts to enable progress," said Ms. Soleiman. " Today Afghanistan needs to re-establish the PPPs with the assistance of international community, as thousands of jobs can be created through it."

Speaking at the panel Ms. Soleiman also said that Afghanistan need to ensure women’s participation at PPPs, as almost 50% of population is women. She named insecurity, corruption, lack of electricity, policy enforcement, crime, theft, disorder, lack of access to land &  finance  are some of the  challenges faced by business women in Afghanistan. And if these challenges are tackled, we will be able to see a different Afghanistan, and self sustained economy.

The ICAWED is a pioneering institution committed to paving the road for Afghan businesswomen and enhancing their role in the economic growth of the country. Ms. Soleiman aims to help Afghan women through  training courses that includes Women in Business Management/Leadership, Business Planning, Branding & Packaging and Communications and Public Awareness Strategy.