Virtual Session on the Role of MSMEs in Economic Development

Mr. Omar Shekib Hemat and Mr. Ahmad Fahim Didar conduting virtual session on the Role of MSMEs

Kardan University's Faculty of Economics conducted an online guest speaker session on the 'Role of Micro, Small, and Medium Size Enterprises (MSMEs) in Economic Development', focusing on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly, SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, and SDG17: Partnership for the Goals, on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The session's focus was on the 'Role of MSMEs in Economic Development' in Afghanistan, being open to the public—hosted by Dad Allah Haidary, a Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of Kardan University.  

Mr. Omar Shekib Hemat, Director-General of Industrial Parks & Industry Affairs at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, was a keynote guest speaker who delivered his presentation on the six dimensions related to MSMEs:

  • Role of MSMEs in the economic development of neighboring countries 
  • Overview of Enterprises in Afghanistan  
  • Role of women in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises 
  • Policies of Afghanistan government regarding finding markets for MSMEs 
  • Support of MSMEs 
  • Innovation and Technology in MSMEs

Mr. Ahmad Fahim Didar, Founder and Executive Director of Aghaez Professional Services (AGHAEZ), delivered his remarks on the development of entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem in Afghanistan. He further discussed the history, importance, and role of MSMEs in economic growth, employment, poverty reduction, and national income.  

Towards the end, Mr. Hemat provided comprehensive answers to the questions of the participants. He encouraged them to spend their time and energy on doing creative works that would benefit their community in achieving sustainable development goals in Afghanistan.

Kardan University consistently endeavors to provide training sessions and learning opportunities for students from across universities in collaboration with other NGOs and business organizations. Doing so helps students synchronize their theoretical lessons with more practical vision in their respective fields, ultimately achieving quality education, decent work and economic growth.

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