Great news, there will be 42 participants in the Entrepreneur Youth Camp starting in Khorog on Monday. It will be split 50/50 between Afghanistan and Tajik students who will learn much of the basics skills to start a business. Afghans and Tajiks will be paired together to encourage the development of relationships that will enhance cross border trade in the future. Unfortunately I won’t be in Khorog to help deliver the training.
After Youth Camp we plan to deliver more training on communications and to undertake a strategic review of Milal Inter, my VSO host organisation. So for the past week I have been busy preparing. And I have not been alone – the whole of Dushanbe has been preparing.
The Shanghai Co-Operation is having its annual conference in Dushanbe on 11/12 September and preparations are well underway. The organisation is based on an agreement between the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and China. Its priorities are to promote and develop trade, humanitarian co-operation and ensure regional security.
With the heads of the above countries attending it is a good opportunity to spruce up the city and the activity has been most impressive. If it doesn’t move it has been painted or tarred. New pavements have been laid, squares created, grass watered and a new park has appeared in the last 2 weeks where previously there was nothing.