The Final Workshop in the Fellowship for Afghanistan 2013 Cycle concludes in Kabul
78th UNITAR Public Session
International Women Day: Gender Empowerment?
Minister of Finance of Afghanistan visits UNITAR Hiroshima Office, signs new Memorandum of Understanding
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed recently between UNITAR Hiroshima Office and the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in order to deepen the partnership to date and to serve as a framework for future cooperation.
UNITAR was honoured to host H.E. Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as Mr. Musa Kamawi, Human Resources Director, Ministry of Finance, in both Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan. The Minister’s presence allowed for bilateral discussion on the possibilities, and requirements of nurturing and strengthening cooperation further between UNITAR and the Ministry of Finance so as to contribute to overall human capacity development processes in Afghanistan.
H.E. Minister Zakhilwal was briefed on the many programmes the Hiroshima Office undertakes in Afghanistan, stretching back to 2003. With an alumni of over 450 Afghan Civil Servants trained to date, the Minister commented upon the quality of the programmes offered, as well as the impact that he has seen over his many years of engagement with the Hiroshima Office.
H.E. Minister Zakhilwal paid a visit to Hiroshima Governor, Hidehiko Yuzaki as well as Mayor, Kazumi Matsui. During his meeting H.E. Zakhilwal expressed gratitude to the Hiroshima Prefectural government and the City of Hiroshima for their continuous and generous support to Afghanistan through UNITAR Hiroshima Office that are providing capacity building trainings to hundreds of Afghan civil servants in various fields.
Representatives of the Afghan private sector strengthen skills on agri-business, leadership and, management
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.
Afghan civil servants strengthen skills on small and medium enterprise development
UNITAR, through its Hiroshima Office, trained 20 representatives of the civil service of Afghanistan on small and medium enterprise (SME) development in a workshop which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, between 30 November and 5 December. The workshop brought together senior government officials from Kabul, including two Vice-Ministers, and their counterparts from several provinces, which allowed for in-depth discussion covering a range of issues from policy to implementation.
The workshop was developed in collaboration with the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute, UNDP Afghanistan, Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan, Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan, and ProFound. The objectives of the workshop included strengthening an understanding of:
- SME entrepreneurship and leadership
- SME development in the Afghan context
- SME development in a rural context
- Tools and services that are available to support and develop SME entrepreneurship and business in Afghanistan
- Stakeholder identification and integration
- Effective management of change