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PROGRAM COMPONENT 2:

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

An impressive 1,909 participants attended ASMED-sponsored trainings throughout the country during the 4th quarter. For a complete list, see Table 1 at the end of this section.

FIELD ACTIVITIES – EAST

In the 4th quarter, ASMED Eastern Region sponsored 24 training sessions of which 18 have been completed and 6 to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2008. The trainings were implemented by Afghan CNN, Khurasan University, the Marble Association and the Business Development Center. A variety of training programs were offered including business courses such as accounting, marketing, and management as well technical training such as marble processing. Training duration varied from one day trainings to 3 week training courses. In all, 444 entrepreneurs, potential entrepreneurs and teachers took advantage of the trainings offered. BELOW: One of the trainings in Nangarhar province during the quarter focused on marble processing.

The Afghan Institute of Business Management (AIBM) was established in 2006 with campuses in Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad and Mazar. It has more than 500 students enrolled in various business programs. Recognizing the need to provide business education in Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan, ASMED funded the expansion of business programs with AIBM to these provinces. AIBM is in the process of setting up their campus offices having already signed property leases in each province, ordered computer equipment and hired professors and instructors. The first class will take place in January 2008.

FIELD ACTIVITIES – WEST

Hamidzay Brothers Co and ASMED carried out an effective 8-week training program to improve the quality of saffron produced in various districts of Herat province. The Italian post-harvesting technique helped 300 saffron growers to produce a higher quality product meeting international standards. The farmers received post-

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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