WEEKEND CHANGEMost of the world nations have termed it a “positive move.” andnow is time for Afghanistan!8/9/2012         ...
WEEKEND CHANGEAfghanistan needs strong business relations with other countries and time is a significant factorin business...
processing transit paper work.   There are also calls for the government sector to move theweekend because much private se...
COMPARSION OF AFGHANISTAN AND REST OF THE WORLD OFFAFGHANISTAN Days                             Status                    ...
PROPOSED CHANGE FOR AFGHANISTAN Days                              Status                            International Trade Sa...
APPENDIX ONE: CHANGE REACTION CYCLE                                PAGE V
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  1. 1. WEEKEND CHANGEMost of the world nations have termed it a “positive move.” andnow is time for Afghanistan!8/9/2012 BY: ULFAT YOUSAFZAI
  2. 2. WEEKEND CHANGEAfghanistan needs strong business relations with other countries and time is a significant factorin business deals and we have lost many businesses as a result of the time difference.Afghani businessmen, academics and executives should call upon authorities to considerchanging weekly holidays to Friday and Saturday saying the move would be essential in order topromote the Afghanistan’s international business relations.There are more economic benefits to making Friday and Saturday the weekend and it wouldnot contravene religion and tradition. Making Friday and Saturday the weekend holiday doesnot go against our religion. Afghanistan would not be the first Muslim nation to come with thisweekend change. A number of Muslim countries such as, Bahrain, Qatar and the United ArabEmirates have changed their official weekly holidays to Fridays and Saturdays from Thursdaysand Fridays.Thursday can be made a full working day so we can stay connected with the rest of the world.When Afghans take Thursdays and Fridays off, much of the world is working. When much of theworld takes Saturday and Sunday off, Afghans are working. If you want to send a wire transferback home, for four days of the week it is common for either the sending bank or the receivingbank to be closed. It is important in the era of globalization to be linked with the rest of worldas much as possible. This change will increase commercial trade and reflect positively on theprivate sector.Afghan officials at local banks also agrees that it would be better to change the weekend as itwould have a positive effect on the stock market, financial and banking sector. A full day ofwork on Thursday will keep us connected with the international stock market, which is positiveespecially for the private sector.Export in Afghanistan has decreased considerably in the last three years perhaps, the reasonbeyond this is that most of Afghan export companies continue to face challenges in accessingworld markets and one of the major challenges is shortage of working days in Afghanistan.Afghan private sector paperwork is highly dependent on government sector especially in PAGE I
  3. 3. processing transit paper work. There are also calls for the government sector to move theweekend because much private sector paperwork is not completed on Thursday and businesseshave to wait until Saturday when government departments reopen.Currently, Afghanistan is disconnected from the rest of the world for four days, in Afghanistanwe have Thursday and Friday as our weekend whereas, the world has Saturday and Sunday off.This is harming our international trade both in export and import sectors. Furthermore, Itaffects our global competitiveness and puts downward pressure on Afghanistan productivityand hence GDP.By changing the weekend, we will reduce the number of dead days to three. Consequently, thechange will benefit our industries and businesses as well as educational and medicalinstitutions. Most of the world nations have termed it a “positive move.” and now is time for Afghanistan!CONCLUSION At present we are cut off from the rest of the world for four days — Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With the new arrangement to be off on Fridays and Saturdays, we will be technically disconnected with world business for only one day — Friday — as Saturday and Sunday are days off for world business. Ultimately, we will get an extra day to make business contacts with companies in other countries and it will not only boost the Afghanistan’s imports and exports but will also put the Afghanistan in line with a system that is followed in most of the world. PAGE II
  4. 4. COMPARSION OF AFGHANISTAN AND REST OF THE WORLD OFFAFGHANISTAN Days Status International Trade Saturday Working No Sunday Working No Monday Working Yes Tuesday Working Yes Wednesday Working Yes Thursday Off No Friday Off NoInternational Trade takes place three days in Afghanistan in one weekREST OF THE WORLD Days Status International Trade Saturday Off No Sunday Off No Monday Working Yes Tuesday Working Yes Wednesday Working Yes Thursday Working Yes Friday Working YesInternational Trade takes place five days in other countries in one weekDIFFERENCE (IF)IF (5 days working) = 100 %THEN (3 days working) = 60 %Afghanistan lacks 40 % of international trade than other countries in one week.Currently, Afghanistan is disconnected from the rest of the world for four days, in Afghanistanwe have Thursday and Friday as our weekend whereas, the world has Saturday and Sunday off. PAGE III
  5. 5. PROPOSED CHANGE FOR AFGHANISTAN Days Status International Trade Saturday Off No Sunday Working No Monday Working Yes Tuesday Working Yes Wednesday Working Yes Thursday Working Yes Friday Off NoInternational Trade will take place four days in Afghanistan in one weekWith the new arrangement to be off on Fridays and Saturdays, we will be technically disconnected withworld business for only one day — Friday — as Saturday and Sunday are days off for world business.AFGHANISTAN ONE YEAR HOLIDAYSThursdays off 48 daysFridays off 48 daysNational and Religious off 16 daysExceptional Holidays 5 daysWorking hour decreases in (2hrs*20 days) = 5 daysRamadan ( 2 hrs per day)TOTAL HOLIDAYS IN ONE YEAR 122 DAYS PAGE IV
  6. 6. APPENDIX ONE: CHANGE REACTION CYCLE PAGE V

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