Access to Finance (A2F) Business to Bank (B2B) Roundtable and exhibition event
date: January 8, 2017
USAID's Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH), Afghanistan Banks Association (ABA) and the Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA) organized a one-day Access to Finance (A2F) Business to Bank (B2B) Roundtable and exhibition event at Safi Land Mark Hotel, Kabul on January 8, 2017.
The roundtable specifically targeted the construction sector enterprises functioning in Kabul city by facilitating access to finance through linking them with potential lenders and insurance companies. The roundtable provided the Construction enterprises with the opportunity to exchange viewpoints in identifying challenges and opportunities to improve their productivity and access to finance. The attendees were from the public and private construction and housing sector, H.E. Sadat Mansoor Naderi Minister of Urban Development and Housing, H.E. Engineer Mahmoud Baligh Minister of the Ministry of Public Works, Mr. Najibulllah Amiri Executive Director, member banks and other officials from Afghanistan Banks Association (ABA), representatives from Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA), Insurance Companies, Commercial banks, Government Officials and Non-Governmental Organizations.
The main objectives of the event were as below:
• To improve access to finance for the construction and housing sector through targeted roundtable discussions and meetings between relevant stakeholders,
• To link private construction and housing sector businesses with the financial institutions,
• To create new jobs and enhance housing sector services for Afghans,
• To provide construction and housing enterprises a platform to promote their products or services to a broader group that may have little or no knowledge of their products and services as well as reaching out to their existing clients