Mazar-i-Sharif Business to Bank Roundtable, July 17-18, 2013
Date: July 17-18, 2013
During July 17-18, 2013, a roundtable between banks and businesses was held in Mazar-i-Sharif Province.
The gathering was attended by almost 80 entrepreneurs from Badakhshan, Jauzjan, Balkh and a number of other northern and north western provinces including the Chiefs of the Balkh Women’s and Commerce and Industries departments. There were also delegations from other government entities. Seven of the ABA member banks each being Afghanistan International Bank(AIB), Azizi Bank, Bakhtar Bank, First Microfinance Bank(FMFB), Maiwand Bank, New Kabul Bank (NKB) and Afghan United Bank (AUB) illustrated their respective banks’ loan and credit policies and the dynamics pertaining thereto. In addition to these, there was a presentation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock’s Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) program. Subsequently after, the audience engaged in a question and answer session with the banks’ delegates in the roundtables after the presentations came to an end. The event kicked off with opening remarks from a delegate of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and was followed by speeches from the provincial Chief of Commerce and Industries, Provincial Chief of Women’s and ABA’s Research Analyst who briefed the audience of the activities ABA commits and its joint work with USAID’s FAIDA project.