Training Afghan Rug and Carpet ProducersSeptember 28, 2011
Ariana Marshall is an International Trade Specialist in the Afghanistan Investment & Reconstruction Task Force of the International Trade Administration.
In the past week, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched a series of training sessions for Afghan rug and carpet producers in the cities of Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat, Afghanistan, on how to export to the United States. Sponsored in partnership with the Export Promotion Agency Afghanistan (EPAA), two American carpet importers and retailers instructed Afghan weavers on techniques for enhancing their sales prospects in the U.S. market. This initiative is an important step in growing the economy of Afghanistan, helping them transition to a stable and sustainable future.
Commerce staff worked closely with the EPAA and other U.S. and Afghan partners to draw over 200 Afghan participants to the trainings, with plans to continue developing follow-on activities to support the growth in export skills of these Afghan rug and carpet producers.