Giving youth a say in business in Afghanistan

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The country which seems to be newly recovering from nearly three decades of war, coupled with storm of continuing obstacles and severe challenges. It is not difficult for one to judge the incompetence of youth in Afghanistan to mobilize and inspire the country’s future, but according to Maiwand Rahyab, Counterpart International’s deputy director of Afghanistan, there is “an emerging generation that is striving to transform a war-torn country into a safer, more secure, and prosperous place to live.”

Giving youth a say in business in Afghanistanis fundamental in a sense that as the new generation of developing leaders they are more sensitive to the changing trends which in effect is valuable for business marketing and forecasting. They can play an important role in building the new Afghanistan, particularly with the ISAF mission due to end a year from now. It is equally essential for youth to be considered in business and development of Afghanistan as it is for the youth to be involved in politics and other matters of the country since “youth movements are changing politics by providing a platform that ties their present and future to a stable and democratic Afghanistan.”

Though it remains an unstable, often a terror zone, Afghanistan has its talented, ambitious, and inspiring youths with a fervent desire to work in the rehabilitation of Afghanistan. To show the world that children in Afghanistan also have talent and they can build the country through music as well as other through other means of business development. It is for these hosts of reasons, they should be given a vocal support and a voice in the future business and development of Afghanistan. It is imperative for Afghan youth to learn because it does not only create a motivating drive in their lives but it prevents neighbouring countries from coming in to Afghanistan and making profits. In fine, this will further sway them away from forced exploitation such as sex from elder men, drug affiliation, and fundamental madrasas which promote armed conflict. According to J.S Mill, "in a free society if we are to develop, new ideas needs to be tested; and must be allowed to be heard in the first place." He could be right, if not given the chance to be heard, the society can be stagnate. Even if that person’s minor opinion is wrong, Mill argues there should be freedom of speech for an individual otherwise we become traditionalists.

Hamdullah Mohib, Chair of Afghan Professionals network who works closely with youth in business, said “The youth can build innovative businesses that address the needs of the society instead of the traditional import and export businesses. There are many who have had education abroad and returned successfully running businesses; creating jobs and providing solutions to local needs.” A similar success story can be told about the Afghan youth through Brett Smith, the director of the institute for Entrepreneurship at the Farmer Business School at the University in his recent article called ‘How Youth, Motivation and Social Entrepreneurship Principles Can Create Positive Change in Afghanistan’ proliferated the message to the world that Afghanistan is not all about fighting: “Students are now educated and empowered. They understand that individuals can affect real and meaningful change.”

To this end, the youth of today have had the occasion to grow up with more advanced technologies since the early years and they have less trouble to understand and learn how to apply it in their line of work. They would bring a breath of fresh air to business because they have a more contemporary mind in respect to older generations. However, it is my profound belief that things will only get better at a fundamental level for Afghanistan in order to “maintain its own security and prevent the return of international terrorists” if the next generation of leaders in Afghanistan could set themselves out to make an effort to build a better Afghanistan. Though it seems a long-shot and an improbable thing now, in contrary, with the unfolding of time and allowing a platform of opportunities for imminent generation of bright youths, it becomes a more attractive idea.


Yasaman, 20

United Kingdom, London

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