Google on Thursday launched a startup initiative in Kabul aimed at assisting entrepreneurs, especially the youth, in Afghanistan.
Program officials from Google's Startup Grind said at the launch that efforts are also underway to standardize businesses in the country – which will be in addition to helping those wanting to start small and medium-sized businesses.
Based in Silicon Valley Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in over 185 cities.
Startup Grind nurtures startup ecosystems in 70 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.
In a statement, Google said: "We believe by nurturing a startup ecosystem in Afghanistan, especially in big cities, we will be able to support the economic growth of the country by reducing the unemployment rate to a wider percentage, as more startups means more jobs."
They went on to say: "We believe this is an outstanding piece of news about Afghanistan in this critical situation; which presents Afghanistan's new entrepreneurial spirit at a global level."
The program will assist entrepreneurs to roll out their start up ideas.
"We will provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs and those who have a business idea to start. We know at the moment there are lots of problems but we are trying to provide work opportunities for the youth," said Fahim Dedar the program head.
Meanwhile, a number of students who have ideas for start-ups have welcomed the move and said the launch of this program in Afghanistan will also pave the way for standardizing businesses in the country.
"We are very happy with the program, you know that now days most of our businessmen are professionals," said Taiba Amiri Afghanistan American university student.
"I will try to implement a business idea with the help of this program so I can serve the people," said Zarbat Rustam Khail, one hopeful entrepreneur.