AWCCI Wins Award for Best SME and Entrepreneurship Development Project

AWCCI at the 2019 World Chambers Competition

Manizha Wafeq and the AWCCI at the 2019 World Chambers Competition

Manizha Wafeq (first from right), president of the AWCCI, waiting to receive the award as the citation is being read at the 2019 World Chambers Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AWCCI Facebook page)

June 17, 2019

The Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI), represented by its president, Manizha Wafeq ('18), wins the Best SME and Entrepreneurship Development Project category at the 2019 World Chambers Competition. 

Per the announcement, "the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry created the Unifying our Voice Membership Recruitment and Service project, which offers a plan to improve membership recruitment in the community. The initiative trains women business owners in various areas in efforts to develop recruitment programmes within the organization." 

The World Chambers Competition is organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation. It is the only global awards programme to recognise the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry from around the world.

Since its inception in 2003, the Competition has generated an array of case studies demonstrating entrepreneurial diversity and inspiring other chambers. Ranging from networking and diversity initiatives to employment and membership drives, entries are submitted from all over the world — from developed, developing and least-developed countries.

Each edition of the Competition features new categories, providing chambers with a chance to share their unique projects with peers worldwide. The three categories for the 2019 Competition include “Best Education and Training Project,” “Best SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development Project” and “Best Unconventional Project.”

An international jury, comprising ICC WCF leadership along with representatives — from transnational, national and local chambers of commerce, as well as recognised international organisations — is responsible for shortlisting category finalists who go on to present their respective projects during the biennial ICC WCF World Chambers Congress.

The Competition is an unparalleled opportunity to raise the profile of chambers’ ground-breaking projects and initiatives. By providing some much-deserved visibility, these projects have the ability to not only benefit business but society as a whole.


Read the full announcement published by the ICC on June 15, 2019.