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Afghanistan Showcased for First Time at MINExpo 2008 in Las Vegas

From September 22-24, 2008 Commercial Attaché Khaleda Atta, Trade & Investment Officer Murtaza Bahrami and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Co-Coordinator of the Afghanistan Project Said Mirzad attended the quadrennial MINExpo 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. While there, they handed out informational CDs, fact sheets and full studies on the opportunities available in the mining sector of Afghanistan to an international audience of over 40,000 people.

This year was the first time ever that Afghanistan was represented at the single largest international mining trade show in the world for an industry showcasing over 1,200 exhibitors. Afghanistan's attendance was made possible through the support of the German aid agency GTZ, the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) and the USGS.

The U.S. National Mining Association (NMA) hosts the MINExpo once every four years in an effort to highlight the latest technologies in mining machinery and equipment as well as allowing international governments and private sector representatives to interact and network. The next show will take place in Las Vegas in 2012.

The event was a great opportunity for Afghanistan to showcase maps and spread the word on upcoming investment opportunities to prospective international partners including information on the upcoming Hajigak Iron Ore tender that is soon to be released by the Ministry of Mines. The Hajigak Iron deposit alone has an estimated 2.5 billion tons of iron that will be available to the private sector through an international tender and bidding process once the ministry releases the necessary procedural documents through its website.

For more information on this and other current mining opportunities including gold, barite and coal, please visit the Ministry of Mines.

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