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Sneak Preview! The New Afghanistan Building Markets

It’s finally come! After years of clicking our way through the Building Markets site to get to the search function, wading through the never-ending UN Standard Products and Services Codes to find spacecraft and scrolling through all of Afghanistan’s districts and villages to find the city we’re looking for, it’s finally come!

It, of course, is the new Afghanistan Building Markets website. Modeled on PDT’s new Business Portal look and feel, the new website is infinitely more user-friendly, and has improved resources for buyer and suppliers. Although the BETA launch of the site won’t happen until June 1st, I can give you a sneak preview of some of the improvements. The new Building Markets site will still be accessible at afghanistan.buildingmarkets.org.

Changes to the business directory include:

  • A new sector categorization system that classifies businesses into twenty-six key categories. The sub-sectors of these categories reflect the most commonly represented Afghan businesses.
  • Hyperlinked sectors accessible on the home page, for easy access to locally available goods and services.
  • New location categorization, whereby businesses are classified by province.
  • More options to refine searches: by sector, sub-sector, location, company size, structure of ownership, and whether the business is female owned or managed.
  • Additional company information available to buyers who log in, such as past performance and the option to rate suppliers that the buyer has done business with.

Other parts of the site that are new or improved:

  • Information related to the Afghan First principle, including how PDT can support organizations that have an institutionalized Afghan First policy.
  • Automated SMS and email notifications to businesses operating in sectors where new tenders or other business opportunities have been released.
  • Event listings of conferences, vendor days, training sessions, and other events related to the local marketplace and Afghan First.
  • Update schedule of training sessions – including locations and topic – for suppliers interested in participating.
  • A link to the Peace Dividend Marketplace – Afghanistan blog, which of course you’re reading already, so you know what it’s all about!

The new Business Portal has already launched for the Peace Dividend Marketplace – Haiti project, and we’re getting positive feedback from buyer and local businesses. However, this is PDM-Haiti’s first Building Markets site (the project only opened last year), and so the users were kind of spoiled from the beginning.

Please take a look at afghanistan.buildingmarkets.org on June 1st to check out the new design, enhanced services and other resources of the BETA version (the full site will launch a few weeks later). Building Markets Afghanistan is for you after all, so try out the new site let us know what you think.

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14 Comments

  1. Ciaran Forde says:

    Hi Kate
    I took a look at the existing site and found some good information already, so the new version on June 1st sounds great, it is in my diary already. To be honest PDT is new to me but it has captured my imagination as a mechanism to follow in expanding business in afghanistan and localizing it as much and as soon as possible. I’m in the IT area and we recruit train and develop business partners (local companies) in the design and integration of telecom/datacom networks. In terms of PDT I now see this a helping local companies build sustainable businesses for themselves and their employees. So from a somewhat hardened business peron not used to anything philantropic, I’m going to certainly tie my business development into Afghanistan (and Iraq) with PDT principles in mind
    Ciaran

  2. Kate Landry says:

    Hi Ciaran,

    Thanks for your message. If you need any help connecting with local suppliers in Afghanistan, please feel free to email us – we have over 200 registered businesses operating in the IT sector alone!

    Best,
    Kate

  3. […] -Totally revamping the Building Market’s online platforms […]

  4. W says:

    Several participants at the Afghan Iraq Investment Summit in Istanbul have just tried out the new site. Navigation is a breeze and the drop down menus are a godsend. Couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time. Can’t wait for the full monty.

  5. jamaluddin Nazari says:

    hello kate

    my name is jamaluddin from afghanitan i read all the massge that you written really i appricate
    that you want help afghan people in afghanistan dear kate started a bussines in afghanistan
    by the name Bareen trade & Global Distribution Company i Distributing some stockes for whole
    afghanistn and i need some femous internation Brand goods for afghanistan and also i interst
    for munfacturing company in afghanistn but unfortunatlly i cant suport that amount,
    so if any inveaster want inevest in afghanistan and help afghan people i will be work hard with them

    From: jamaluddin Nazari
    Tell: 0093- 795795795
    Mail : bareencompany@yahoo.com

    thanks and best regards

  6. Kate Landry says:

    Hello Mr Nazari,

    If you’d like Bareen Trade and Global Distribution Company to be verified and registered with PDT, please email afghanistan@pdtglobal.org with your contact information and company’s address.

    Best,
    Kate

  7. […] has recently re-launched our Business Portal, which we’ve been promoting far and wide. We took into considerations comments from users, and added in new features for buyers and suppliers. The end result, we think, is a site that makes it easy to navigate the 5,800 Afghan-owned […]

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  9. Kate Landry says:

    Dear Mr Kamal,

    I have forwarded your request to our verification team, someone will be contacting you shortly to set up an appointment.

    Best,
    Kate

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  12. Muhammad Bilal says:

    Hello kate
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  13. abdur rehman says:

    DEAR kate….
    i really like ur text…i also startred a Construction company in Afghanistan Kabul with namne of Mohib E Watan Construction Company….if u help me to upgrade this company in Afghanistan Than i ll be much thankfull to u for this kind…plz do help me to upgrade this roAD construction company…i ll wait for ur reply

    thanks
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    +93 799 010404

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    faheem hamdil
    vice president BTG

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