Afghanistan: MoUs signed with NGOs to boost small businesses

The Taliban-led Ministry of Industry and Commerce has inked agreements with 10 non-governmental organizations to bolster small and medium-sized enterprises, aiming to generate employment opportunities, particularly for women.

The memoranda of understanding entail collaborative efforts across various Afghan provinces in sectors including industry, vocational training, marketing enhancement for entrepreneurs, family empowerment, women and girls’ tailoring courses, and handicraft growth.

These initiatives, as outlined by the ministry, are slated for implementation in Kabul, Samangan, Sar-e-Pul, Herat, Baghlan, Balkh, and Badakhshan.

The move comes amid escalating job losses among women, following the Taliban’s prohibition of female employment in aid sectors over the past year.