The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Handicrafts exhibition held in Balkh

MAZAR-E-SHARIF: A fourday exhibition of handicrafts and domestic products under the theme of “Umul Belad” has been held in the country’s northern province of Balkh, the provincial Industry and Commerce Department said in a statement the other day. The exhibition has been held with the financial support of the International Labor Organization, for supporting domestic products and attracting investment in the country, the statement said, adding about 90 companies have put their products on display in the four-day exhibition. The head of the international labor organization for the northern zone of the country, Zwati Surati, called the participation of Afghan businesswomen in the exhibition a major win and said the women of Afghanistan are in need of greater support now than ever before. Surati said the organization was supporting businesswomen to develop small businesses in Afghanistan and assured her organization would stand with Afghanistan. The head of the Chamber of Commerce and Investment Sanayee Zada said since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA)’s takeover, major problems of businessmen have been solved and raw materials were also prevented from being smuggled, according to the statement. Most booths at the exhibition have been given to businesswomen to showcase their handicrafts. A participant and businesswoman Nazila Ahmadzai complained about the high prices of raw materials in the country and asked the government to take action and reduce their prices. Another participant, Alia Makhdum also complained about the high prices of raw materials and called the lack of buyers one of the major challenges they faced. Balkh ACCI director Asadullah Asadi believed holding such exhibitions was crucial to developing the industry and business and said he was trying to draw the attention of international organizations towards Afghan products by holding such exhibitions. Balkh Deputy Governor Noorul Hadi Abu Idris welcomed the participation of women in the exhibition and said that women could always participate in such exhibitions in order to develop their businesses. He urged the businesswomen to observe all Islamic principles and hijab in all areas. This is the second big exhibition in Balkh in the last one year, in which a number of businessmen and investors, including women, are displaying their handicrafts and domestic products. Mohammad Nabi Naibi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.