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Foreign Ministry Supports Entrepreneurship Training for Afghan University Students

11.07.2011

No. 243-E

The Foreign Ministry is supporting entrepreneurship training for graduates of Afghanistan’s Kabul and Mazar universities, which will give the young Afghans necessary knowledge about entrepreneurship and increase their competitiveness on the job market.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that in order for responsibility for security to be transferred to Afghanistan by the end of 2014, effective governing of the state must also be developed and its socio-economic development must be supported. “For this reason, Estonia is increasing its civil and development aid for building up Afghanistan’s society by a third compared to last year,” the foreign minister stated. Paet added that in addition to many other problems, Afghanistan’s society must also face the challenge of high unemployment among young people. “It is often difficult for university graduates in Afghanistan to find jobs, and in order to support their families young people might turn to radical Islam or terrorist groups as a last resort,” he said. Therefore, the foreign minister asserted, it is necessary to support Afghanistan’s young population so that they could compete more successfully on the job market. “Young people with a university education must help support the country’s economic growth and social stability. This is why we are supporting the sharing of entrepreneurship-related information with young Afghans – to increase their opportunities to contribute to the construction of their nation,” Paet added.

Within the framework of the course being carried out by the non-profit organisation Innovative Democracy, university students in Afghanistan will receive an overview of economic and entrepreneurial theory and the basis of entrepreneurship in Afghanistan as well as opportunities to do internships at local businesses. After going through the course the students will have sufficient knowledge to start their own businesses or work together with other businesses. Those who do not start their own businesses will still have an easier time finding paid work.

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the training of Afghan students with nearly 92 000 euros.

Additional information on Estonia’s contribution in Afghanistan: http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/node/4080

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