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Afghanistan’s first ever footwear retailer opens in Kabul city

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Afghanistan’s first ever footwear retailer opens in Kabul city

afghan shoesThe first ever Afghan-made footwear retail store was inaugurated on Monday in the capital city of Kabul.

The USD 40,000 store is established in collaboration among the National Association of Artisans Store (NAAS), New Markets Development Project (NMDP) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (DGIZ), an international aid agency owned by the German government.

“Previously, the government never cared for artisans. Now, things are changing and the government has formulated new policies aimed at developing cottage industries. The government has helped by providing facilities to the furniture industry, metal industry and leather industry,” Tolo News quotes Mohammad Hassan Sapahi, the head of the NAAS.

Meanwhile, the NAAS officials urged the government to assist with undertaking similar projects in other provinces as well.

All shoes sold will be made of leather.

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  1. naveen
    naveen 9 October, 2013, 09:24

    where from can i find i really want to buy one of thoes shoes it is really nice made.?

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  2. Mehdi Barghchi PhD
    Mehdi Barghchi PhD 18 October, 2013, 00:05

    This reminds me of ” Let’s learn to walk before running”. I have seen how shoe industry was devastated in my city of Leicester (UK) from being a major local industry employing many and making a massive contribution to the local industry to almost being non-existent at the moment. The local industry disappeared and moved to abroad where labour is cheap and we ended up with mass machine produced cheaper shoes. At the same time local skills disappeared and individuality of the products (shoes) were lost. Now, UK has been a well developed industrial country and it seemed to be the natural progress! When it comes to Afghanistan I wonder if this is progress which is going to bring more employment and new skills to the region contributing to local economy, or is it going to destroy the local shop keeper, the local skills, and provide a demand for mass machine produced shoes? How is it going to influence the local economy and livelihood of people who made a living from their skills and small local industry? At the same time I am mindful of the fact that I am looking from outside and although I have every good intention to be supportive of the local Afghan industry and the little man trying to make a living, the new development may actually lead to developing a new industry and economy while it looks after those who are very likely not to be able to compete with this more powerful mechanized mass produced industry. Let hope so! Every nation has to advance its industry and economy, but the speed it is done and the casualties left behind do matter.

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