MAZAR-I-SHARIF; HERAT, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with VEGA/IESC, opened offices for the Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Program in both Mazar-i-Sharif City and Herat City. In Mazar-i-Sharif, 87 representatives and in Herat, 60 representatives, from local government and private sector businesses, including business women attended.
ABADE partners with the private sector to increase investment, job creation, and productivity of businesses, with a focus on advancing opportunities for women and youths.
Afghan business owners struggle to obtain the capital, management advice, equipment, and technologies needed to grow their businesses. Women and youth can make significant contributions to private sector growth but have limited opportunities for economic participation.
"The US Government is committed to help. We are putting special emphasis on small and medium enterprises, which have the greatest potential for creating jobs for Afghans,” said USAID Deputy Director for Economic Growth Theodora B. Dell.
“USAID has brought visible changes to Balkh province in all sectors, and especially in the private sector,” said Homayoun Frozan from the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) at the opening ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif.
"I believe that ABADE Project will improve the value chain of products through its goals and structure,” said Herat Governor Economic Advisor Mr. Ibrahimi.
For more information on this project go to: www.abade.org