GEW 2017 Albuquerque

Join us in celebrating GEW 2017.

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November 13, 2017 to November 17, 2017
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Business Breakfast with Rahama Wright

On March 15, 2017 AmCham Tajikistan held a Business Breakfast at Sheraton Dushanbe Hotel. This time our guest speaker included Rahama Wright, founder of Shea Yeleen, a social enterprise dedicated to empowering women in West Africa and the United States through the production, sale and use of shea butter products. Shea Yeleen is a company that specializes in manufacturing high quality, organic, fair trade skin care products and utilizing a sales strategy that incorporates women’s micro enterprise development. Wright was recently featured at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and has completed numerous programs with the U.S. Speaker Program.

During the meeting Rahama Wright shared her inspirational story of starting Shea Yeleen and introduced her company’s skin care products to AmCham members. AmCham members discussed business opportunities with Rahama Wright in skin care products industry. After the meeting members had the opportunity to enjoy coffee and snacks prepared by Sheraton Dushanbe Hotel.

90 somoni
March 15, 2017
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Women and Business Forum - Day 1



Dushanbe, Tajikistan – November 23-24, 2016




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Location:  Sheraton Dushanbe Hotel, 2nd Floor








08:00 - 08:30


Registration of participants



08:30 - 09:30


Opening remarks

  • Nigina Anvari, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investments and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan


  • Representative from the Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan


  • H.E. Elisabeth Millard, U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan


  • Elaine Conkievich, Head of the UN Women Multi-country office Kazakhstan


  • Meral Guzel, Regional Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women


09:30 - 10:45


Business Panel: Session I “Regional Integration and Women’s Entrepreneurship”


 Moderator: Shahlo Rahimova




  • Aziza Yuldasheva, Member of “Kurak” Public Association, President of the Agricultural Businessmen Association, Gerz Azygy, Kyrgyzstan


  • Ainura Sagynbaeva, Chairman of “Kurak” Public Association, Kyrgyzstan


  • Guldara Nurumova, Chairman of “Association of Business Women of Zhambyl Region,” Director of Medical center “Meyirim”, Kazakhstan


  • Gulnora Makhmudova, Chairman of the Association of Business Women of Uzbekistan “Tadbirkol Ayol”, Uzbekistan


  • Sabokhat Rakhimzoda, Chairman of the National Association of Women Entrepreneurs «Kadbonu», Member of the Management Board of the Business Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Central Asia and Afghanistan


  • Gulbahor Makhkamova, Director of National Association of Businesswomen of Tajikistan(NABWT)


  • Matluba Uljabaeva, Chairperson of the Board of the National Association for Small and Medium Business (NASMB)



10:45 - 11:15



Coffee Break


11:15 - 12:30



Business Panel: Session II “Winners of Farah Competition: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tajikistan”


Moderator: Malika Mirzobahodurova


  • Manzura Gafurova, Medical Clinics “Shavqat”, Vahdat


  • Nargis Shermatova, LLC Romsar, Dushanbe


  • Sharofat Gozieva, Service Complex, Lakhsh


  • Zulaikho Tilloeva, Dekhkan Farm, Yovon


  • Aksinya Pastukh, Beauty Saloon “Diana”, Khujand


  • Lola Karimova, Event Agency “Sitorai osmon”, Dushanbe



12:30 - 13:30





13:30 - 15:00


Pitching Sessions for Women Entrepreneurs                    

Women-led Social Entrepreneurship Programs


Moderator: Nasibakhon Aminova


15:00 - 16:00


Award ceremony: Selecting Best Female-led Social Entrepreneurship Business Project



Note:  Expo of Artisans and Women Entrepreneurs open from 8:30 – 16:00

The National Association of Small and Medium Business of Tajikistan, within the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016, announces a call for applications for the contest "Social Entrepreneur 2016: Woman and Business".


If you are a woman:

  • dreamed of creating your own business;
  • your business is aimed at solving social problems,
  • a private entrepreneur or a representative of small business,
  • you need funds for the creation or development of social entrepreneurship *


• Fill out an application to participate in the contest!

• Use 3 minutes to present your project or start-up idea to business experts!

• Get a small grant!


* "Social entrepreneurship is a kind of business activity, which aims to address or mitigate the urgent social problems, and is located at the intersection of business and philanthropy.

But still, this is a commercial activity that is directed to such sensitive issues as social insecurity, unemployment, environmental protection, human rights etc. "


The projects that will be accepted in the contest must improve the lives of people in general (or specific social groups), with the simultaneous creation of a sustainable financial base (or other material base 15 semi-finalists will be selected by the Expert Commission based on their submitted applications. Participants will then their projects in Pitching sessions, 3-minute presentations to the Expert Commission of the contest. Semi-finalists will also be given an opportunity to take part in a master-class on how to present a project/business idea. .The date and time of the master class will be announced at a later date. .


Note: Participants are encouraged to use audio, photo and video materials to present their projects (during the 3 minute pitching session).


The project must meet the following requirements:


• The project must have a social impact, leading to the emergence of long-term, sustainable positive social change, improving the quality of life of the population in the covered region as a whole and / or members of socially vulnerable groups / populations and individuals in need of special support to develop their abilities and self-realization;

• Have a financially sustainable business model that allows the idea (project) to develop independently in the future;

• Period of the project does not exceed three months.





One 1st place - 1500 US Dollars

Two 2nd places - 500 US Dollars

Two 3rd places - 250 US Dollars


Deadline for submission of documents for the contest is October 30, 2016. Applications for participation in the contest can be obtained from the Organizing Committee of the Contest by sending a request to e-mail:

November 23, 2016
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The National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan (NABWT) with the support of public and private sectors, announces competition "Woman - Entrepreneur of the Year" Farah - 2016. The competition is open to all women - entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized businesses, services, manufacturing, food, crafts, agricultural health and education services, healthy lifestyle, and women's projects / initiatives. The Competition is open to women - entrepreneurs, residing in the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Key selection criteria:

  • Personal qualities
  • business reputation
  • Financial impact
  • Social Activity
  • Organizational skills and level of thinking
  • Ability to create / work in a team
  • The ability to generate new ideas
  • Adaptability (ability to meet modern trends and requirements)
  • Responsiveness to changing market conditions
  • The external image, visual appeal

The competition is held in the following nominations

The competition is open to the participation of women - entrepreneurs, appropriate selection criteria. The competition is held in the following main categories:

  • services, manufacturing and catering
  • workmanship
  • Agriculture
  • promotion of women's business, passed trainings on program start up
  • sphere of hairdressing and beauty, fashion and design
  • business in the field of health care, healthy lifestyle, and educational services (private schools, kindergartens, training centers)
  • and provided a special prize for the best female project / initiative

The experts will determine the semi-finalists from among the selected after the individual interviews. The group of experts will select the winners in each category. Of the five winners of the business - the categories at the final event one female will be chosen as the "Women - the entrepreneur of the year" Farah - 2012 and of 3-ex projects /. one organization will be selected initiatives. Of the total number of applications will be selected three contestants. 
Winners will be awarded with diplomas and valuable prizes.

The list of documents required for participation in the Contest:

- To participate in the tender committee, the following documents:

  • application form for participation in competition in the prescribed form
  • for the category "Craft" it is imperative to provide color photographs measuring 10 × 15 cm with a description of the product application (product), arts and crafts and other products craftswomen.
  • Copy of the passport
November 24, 2016
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Winter Handicraft Fair

Dear friends, New Year is approaching and it is time to think about Christmas gifts. Gifts are not simple, and made his hands, heart and soul. 
You will have a great chance to visit the Craftsmen Winter Fair, which will be held at the Ismaili Center in Dushanbe 3-4 December 2016 from 9:00 to 17:00. 
The abundance of products is guaranteed! Artisans from around the country will present you a handmade specially prepared for the New Year.

Dear Partners, artisans and visitors to the Winter Fair. Union of Craftsmen of Tajikistan sincerely thank each of you for your support and contribution to the development of handicrafts. 
We express our deep gratitude to our partners: the National Association of Small and Medium Business of Tajikistan in the face Matluba Uljabaeva and Nasibahon Aminova for their continued support; Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Tajikistan; Hukumat Dushanbe; Ismaili Centre to create the conditions for the craft CENI and guests; RT Center of tourism development in the face of Bahriddin Isamutdinov (Bakhriddin Isamutdinov); Rukh Company; GS "PESHRAFT"; our new partners Ski Resort SAFED- Darren Brand FASHION JIVJ represented by Nafisa Imranova, members of the CPT in the face BUTA.TJ Nigora Nasimova, ARMUGON and Tourism Development Association Zarafshan represented by Jamshed Yusupov and Munir Nasib, Karimova Takhmina for conducting Mini Training. FENIX Company - thanks to them our fair guests can see videos of the process of manufacturing handicraft products. Constant information our partners is TRK wool, which is always ready to support artisans. Thank you Vera Kulakova-Brannerud, and and Channel Bakhoriston. 
All of our local and foreign guests would also like to express my gratitude for visiting and purchased products made from whole-heartedly, and year after year to visit them increases. 
And artisans thank for the fact that they believe in us and in our future development. 
Special thanks fragile girl Manizha Rustamzod, which became a part of the Union of craftsmen and no matter that is always with us and support us at any moment.


During COMMITTEE Fair molozhezhi Affairs, Sport and Tourism in cooperation with the CPT made a member of the jury and selected 10 possible souvenirs at the "Best of the Year 2016 souvenirs for tourists." Of the 10 products proyduk only 4 in the first to the jury included the occasional foreign visitors who helped select products. Soon the ad of the contest.

For the first time during the fair with the support of members of the CPT and professionals Mini Trainings were conducted. We are grateful to our partners, a member of the CPT Munir Akilova for training materials. The training was conducted by the Executive Director Nigina Ikromov CPT and CPT member Takhmina Karimova.

For the first time at the annual fair in the development of handicrafts, mini sessions on various topics will be held as. "Participation in exhibitions as a business development tool," "The color combination and trends 2017", "Pricing Handicraft Products" and "Marketing and sales promotion" The purpose of the mini sessions - to enable artisans from all regions of the country to develop its activity. Session hold local experts as well as members of the CPT who have extensive experience. Later publish more information on the sessions.




Уважаемые Партнеры, ремесленники и посетители Зимней Ярмарки. Союз Ремесленников Таджикистана искренне благодарит каждого из Вас за поддержку и вклад в развитие ремесленничество.
Выражаем свою глубокую благодарность нашим партнерам: Национальной Ассоциации Малого и Среднего бизнеса Таджикистана в лице Matluba Uljabaeva и Насибахон Аминова за постоянную поддержку; Торгово-промышленной Палате РТ; Хукумату города Душанбе; Исмаилитскому Центру за создание условий для ремесленников и гостей; Центру развития туризма РТ в лице Бахриддин Исамутдинов (Bakhriddin Isamutdinov); Компании РУХОМ; ОО "ПЕШРАФТ"; нашим новым партнерам Лыжний Курорт САФЕД- ДАРРА, Бренд FASHION JIVJ в лице Nafisa Imranova, членам СРТ BUTA.TJ в лице Nigora Nasimova, АРМУГОН и Ассоциации развития туризма Зеравшана в лице Джамшеда Юсупова и Munir Nasib, Karimova Takhmina за проведение Мини Тренинга. Компании FENIX - благодаря им гости нашей ярмарки могли увидеть ролики о процессе изготовления ремесленных продукций. Постоянные наши информационный партнёры это ТРК ВАТАН, которая всегда готовы поддержать ремесленников. Спасибо большое Vera Kulakova-Brannerud, а также и Телеканал Бахористон.
Всем нашим местным и иностранным гостям хотим также выразить свою благодарность за то что посетили и приобрели продукции приготовленные от всей души и год за годом их посещение увеличивается.
А ремесленникам благодарим за то что они верят в НАС и в НАШЕ БУДУЩЕЕ развитие.
Особенную благодарность хрупкой девушке Manizha Rustamzod, которая стала частичкой Союза ремесленников и не смотря ни на что всегда рядом с нами и поддерживает НАС в любую минуту.

December 03, 2016 to December 04, 2016
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Innovate for Change 2016

Innovate for Change is a 12-day social entrepreneurship project which ran from August 1st to August 12th and was co-organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Tajikistan, Tcell, Dushanbe Sheraton Hotel, and American Councils for International Education.  It is designed to teach university students about social entrepreneurship, management, and leadership.


During the first half of the event, university students attended lectures and seminars given by entrepreneurs and leaders in the private and non-profit sectors. In the second half, students broke into two groups to work on consulting projects with a social impact focus. One group worked with Tcell at their headquarters, while the other worked with the Dushanbe Sheraton Hotel at their facility. Each company gave their group of students a task or problem, which the students had to complete or solve with a focus on social impact. The exercise gave students the opportunity to serve as consultants, offering fresh and innovative perspectives on business. Companies, in turn, were provided the chance to hear insights directly from local youth. 


The Innovate for Change program started in 2015 as a US Embassy-funded project, in partnership with Tcell and UNDP. This year, however, the program was funded by the private sector—Tcell, Dushanbe Sheraton Hotel, American Chamber of Commerce in Tajikistan—with a portion of funding from the US-Central Asia Education Foundation, a scholarship program that sends students to study business at KIMEP and AUCA. Participating students were from all over Tajikistan and enrolled at KIMEP (Kazakhstan), AUCA (Kyrgyzstan), and various universities in Tajikistan. 


The closing ceremony was held on August 12th at Dushanbe Sheraton Hotel, where students and instructors received certificates. Speaking at the closing ceremony were Elisabeth I. Millard, US Ambassador to Tajikistan; Toni Toshev, General Manager of Dushanbe Sheraton Hotel; and Mindaugas Ubartas, CEO of Tcell.  

August 01, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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Crafts and Fashion International Festival







During the day

Arrival and accommodation of quests.
Introduction to the program of the Festival




Cd Registration of participants
festival "Diyori Husn-2016"



During the day

Designing of the exhibition-artisans,
commencement of the crafts fair of Central Asia
Master classes. Theatrical performances




Night Dushanbe (excursion)




Work for the fair. Entertainment show.




Grand opening. Welcoming remarks by
representatives of the government, the quests
of the festival.




Work of the fair. Master classes.




Conference on:
1.  "Ways of the development of handicrafts, women's
       entrepreneurship and women's leadership in
       craftsmanship, economic support of women" ;
2. "Tourism and handicrafts in Tajikistan";
3. "Intangible cultural heritage and alive culture
       bearers in craftsmanship".  




Tasting of the ethic sweets, tea and tea ceremony
Presentation of craftsman's works that received
UNESCO quality mark in Central Asia




Fashion show ( designers and fashion’s designers, dress
producers from Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan)




Work of the fair. Master classes.



Round table " Prospects of artisan movement
in Central Asia in 2017"



Grand closing of the festival.
Presentation of awards of certificates



Banquet with participation of Central Asian artisans
and honorable quests.



During the day

Departure of participants


Remarks :

During the festival, cultural program for participants will be organized :
Visiting the National museum of antiquities.
National Museum
Museum of Ethnography
Museum of Musical Instruments named after Gurminj Zavkibekov.

Entertainment programs for children.

November 23, 2016 to November 28, 2016
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Start-Up Choihona

The Field Office of United Nations Volunteers in Tajikistan is delighted to invite you to the first Start-Up Choihona event to observe a pitching competition among new business ideas.


Start-Up Choihona project was born as a joint initiative of various development and private sector partners to support innovative new entrepreneurship and increase youth employment and income generation. The project creates a platform for young entrepreneur-minded people, and helps to boost the start-up ecosystem in Tajikistan and to bring entrepreneurs, ideas and partners together. The partners of the event are UN Volunteers in Tajikistan, Accelerate Prosperity (AKDN), UNDP Aid for Trade Project (Phase-III) and Club of Young Entrepreneurs among others. Please see the agenda below:


Time: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1-7 pm

Venue: Accelerate Prosperity premises, at TCell building 11th floor, 34, Rudaki Ave


13:00 Registration of the start-ups

14:00 Introduction and speeches

14:30 Pitching category: Idea level

15:30 Pitching category: Early Stage

16:30 Pitching category: Seed level

17:30 - 17:45 Break

17:45 Announcing the winners of each category

18:00-19:00 Time for socializing and networking


RSVP by November 17, 2016


Kind regards, Heli Nykänen

November 18, 2016
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