Zarema Chinkhoeva

In August 2009, after completing the 2009 Fellowship Programme, Zarema was appointed as Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Chechen Republic.

In December 2009, under Zarema's leadership the Chamber and the International Rescue Committee (North Caucasus) successfully implemented the joint project “Vpered!” (Forward!). The project aimed to support vulnerable 18 - 25 year olds via business training. As a result of the project, 120 participants successfully completed the 'Start your Business' training which provided the participants with the necessary knowledge, information and skills to start their own micro-business. Of the 120 participants, 45 were selected for a grant of 4,500 USD for their business plans. In addition, 100 businessmen took part in workshops on issues such as 'Business Planning' and 'Accounting' organised by the Chamber's staff, and the Chamber and the IRC held a conference on small business development in Chechnya attended by government representatives and stakeholders from the business community and civil society.  

In November 2009, the Austrian Ministry of Interior organised the international conference 'Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programs in Europe'. Zarema delivered a presentation (pictured) on the return of Chechen families and the Chamber's role in this. Due to Zarema's efforts, she was chosen as the local coordiantor for a pilot project. In February 2010 the International Organization for Migration Moscow concluded a contract on implementation of  the project with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

At the time of the 2009 Fellowship Programme, Zarema was Head of the International Links and Investments Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Chechen Republic (CCICR). Her work encompassed both economic reform and provision of support for disadvantaged groups.  The main objectives of CCICR include:

- Attracting investment into the economy of the Chechen Republic.
- Organising exhibitions and fairs in the Chechen Republic and other regions.
- Promoting Chechen manufacturers, their goods and services in domestic and foreign markets.
- Developing relations with foreign businesses and their representatives.

Zarema has contributed to a number of international initiatives including “The Development of Civil Society in the Chechen Republic and Ingushetia” and “The Strategy of the Development of Youth Initiatives in the North Caucasus” conference.  She also initiated the television project, “Business - Power - Society” which promotes the interest of businesses to political leaders, governmental organisations and wider society.