A diverse group of 12 Afghan women entrepreneurs toured New Delhi in search of business partners
Hassina Syed, president of the Syed Group of Companies meets Shailajh Bista, an official of the US Embassy New Delhi at the investment summit on Afghanistan
A diverse group of Afghan women entrepreneurs crossed new frontiers at the three-day Delhi Investment Summit on Afghanistan, which drew 124 Indian businesses representatives – more than twice the number expected to attend. The 12 Afghan businesswomen, who variously run fleets of trucks, supply construction material, design software programs and make furniture, went to India to seek deals, training and technology from Indian companies. The business-to-business summit is part of a USAID-sponsored initiative to boost international investment in Afghanistan.
The Afghan women visited Indian factories and expressed enthusiasm about the opportunities for partnerships. Hassina Syed, founder and president of the Syed Group of Companies, which works in hospitality, logistics, food processing and truck sales, said, “I feel an adrenaline rush, so many opportunities are available to me. For now, I would like to visit Indian plants and see the technology that I can bring back to Afghanistan.” Soraya Saifi, president of Sha Saifi Corporation, which works in the construction, import, IT services and packaging sectors, said her head “buzzed with a lot of great ideas to expand my business.” She added that on the very first day of the conference she managed “at least 6 solid leads on construction, packaging and box manufacturing, and IT services.” Kamela Sediqi, founder and president of Kaweyan Professional Consulting, added that she had an agreement to start an online management training program and was in negotiations to set up a management institute in Afghanistan. Bakht Nazira Niazi, CEO and president of Khabar-e-Khush Jewelry, reported plans to supply raw gemstones and finished pieces of jewelry to the Indian market.
More than 350 representatives from Afghanistan, India, other countries in the region and further afield attended the summit.
Businesswomen Cross New Frontiers