Spotlight: Akimbek Akimbekov Climbing to Success
Akimbek Akimbekov is an established tour guide, and has a business offering tour services in Tajikistan. In December 2015, he enrolled in the University of Central Asia's (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) small and medium business management training programme to further develop his business.
In April, he completed guiding and rock climbing training in Dushanbe, as well as in Hisor and Varzob valleys, as part of a mentorship programme offered by SPCE for entrepreneurs with existing businesses. He learnt about topics such as mountaineering, equipment use, basic of orientation in the mountains, risks of natural disasters, and first aid. Akimbekov plans to continue his business and start offering mountain climbing services to tourists. He also obtained the “Mountaineer of Tajikistan” professional certification and qualification. The training was organised as part of the Economic and Social Connections: A Multi-Input Area Development Financing Facility for Tajikistan project, implemented by SPCE.