audience members present from different SAARC countries, including top designers from India. Both designers received several orders from different designers including orders from Rita Kumar, India’s top designer. Total dollar amount for the orders is just under $10,000. One of India’s top designers also expressed interest in an on-going partnership with AWWSOM.
ASMED sponsored two companies to attend one of the largest construction trade shows in the region, the Big 5 Dubai Trade Show. These companies were:
National Marble Companies
Sahil Marble - Sahil was able to capitalize on the trade show by meeting with dozens of potential buyers. The immediate benefit however was that the company was able to identify good quality marble processing equipment at competitive prices. The company met with half a dozen equipment suppliers and was able to negotiate prices that are about 30% less than what the Pakistani companies were offering. Since the trade show, Sahil Marble applied for an ARFC loan ($200,000) and an ASMED grant. The ARFC loan has been approved and the company has started the procurement process.
ASMED supported 20 Afghan enterprises to participate in the South Asian Countries Commodity Trade Fair that was held in Beijing, China from Dec. 28 – Dec 30, 2007. Twenty Afghan traders from a variety of sectors including carpets, pomegranates, and stone handicrafts attended the show. China is a huge market for Afghanistan since that country has a large supply of raw material and semi finished products to offer China. ASMED’s efforts were coordinated in tandem with the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan.
BELOW: The home page of the Eastern Region Marble Association’s website. Central ASMED sponsored 18 exhibitors from Nangarahar, Herat, Badakshan, and Kabul provinces to participate in the AgFair in Kabul the end of October. The five entrepreneurs from the Eastern Region were Afghan Eastern Agriculture Development Company, Fruit Growers Association, Nangarhar Agri-Products Sellers Association, Afghanistan Women's Agriculture Association, and Nangarhar Zaitone. Two of the five firms received firm contracts as a result of the Ag Fair. AEADC received an order to sell 500 kg of dried fruit to a Kabul wholesaler and Nanagarhar Zaitone received a contract to sell 9 tons of olive oil to Afghan Pak Traders. Of the six businesses that attended from Herat, Golchin Tomato Paste Company had particular success. They found several new customers in Kabul and will have discussions with people in Jalalabad about building another factory in the eastern region.
East XALAA Productions created a website for the Eastern Region
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007