UNITAR, through its Hiroshima Office, trained 14 representatives of the private sector of Afghanistan on agri-business, leadership and, management skills in a workshop which took place between 27 to 31 January 2014, in Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan.

UNITAR was honoured to host for the workshop a senior government official, Minister Advisor to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Engineer Mohammad Yousuf Pashtun. The Senior Ministers attendance allowed for two-way discussion with participants on the possibilities, practicalities, and requirements of nurturing and strengthening cooperation and coordination between government and business in Afghanistan so as to contribute to overall development.

Also in attendance, were representatives of the federal government of the United States of America, observing the training and methodologies employed.

The workshop was developed in collaboration with the OXUS Group of Afghanistan. The objectives of the workshop included participants gaining:

  • An understanding of their own personality style, and how that impacts leadership
  • A deeper understanding of the nature of teams and how to lead them
  • Skills fundamentally important to leadership in the private sector
  • An outline of the benefits of effective communication, and skills to improve communication
  • An outline of the post-conflict reconstruction process as undertaken by Japan and Hiroshima
  • A deeper understanding of agri-business models from Japan

The workshop incorporated presentations, in-depth practical exercises and study tours, as well as a special session held at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo. In order to capitalize and effectively follow-up on the workshop, the Hiroshima Office will be holding a secondary session in Kabul in three months time, which will examine implementation of the training provided with all participants.