Social Impact: Peace Through Business Panel at SXSW 2018

Rumi Spice hosts SXSW 2018 panel on development in Afghanistan with Afghan Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Hamdullah Mohib

Over the weekend, Afghan Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Hamdullah Mohib visited Austin, Texas for South by Southwest 2018, a collection of conferences and festivals that celebrate the convergence of various industries including interactive, technology, film and music. 

Ambassador Mohib spoke on a panel, “Social Impact: Peace Through Business” hosted by Rumi Spice, a company founded by U.S. military veterans that partners with Afghan farmers to bring saffron to customers around the world, employing more than 1,900 women in Herat, Afghanistan. Ambassador Mohib was also joined by panelist Victoria McColm, founder and managing director of McColm & Company, a consulting and cross cultural advisory firm with programs in Afghanistan.

The discussion focused on how business can promote development and sustainable peace. Ambassador Mohib spoke about Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework, and the importance of business as a mechanism for promoting that framework.

“In the last three years, we have been very busy making sure we put laws and regulations in place to ensure that businesses do well,” Ambassador Mohib said. “Today, Afghanistan is one of the most favorable places to do business in the region.” 

Check out Rumi Spice’s post about the panel here