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October 26, 2006



Joshua Gross, Media Relations Officer

(202) 483 6410 ext.802 /  (202) 657 8052 (cell)

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WASHINGTON  –  Representatives of major U.S. corporations, development organizations, and government agencies will convene on Monday, October 30 for the U.S.-Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference, kicking off the second Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) U.S. promotional road show, Investing in Afghanistan: the Heart of Asia. The Matchmaking Conference is hosted by the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce (AICC), and will include presentations by key U.S. and Afghan officials, private sector leaders, as well as roundtable discussions highlighting opportunities in Afghanistan’s key sectors, including energy, mining, agri-business, and infrastructure construction. This annual event is the largest conference focused on bringing U.S. and Afghan companies together to discuss business and investment opportunities.  Following the Matchmaking Conference, the AISA road show will continue on to Des Moines, Iowa (November 1), Los Angeles, California (November 3) and New York, New York (November 6), offering in depth informational seminars for regional business leaders. For more information about the AISA road show and a comprehensive agenda for the Matchmaking Conference, please click here

Private sector investment is the key to sustaining Afghanistan’s economic recovery. The Government of Afghanistan has adopted a liberal investment policy which encourages and protects private investment, leading to continuous double-digit economic growth over the past four years. Training and jobs are providing alternatives to opium production, leading to greater security for the country and region.


Who:                   Dr. Mohammad Amin Farhang, Minister of Commerce, Islamic Republic of


                            Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

                            Nicholas Burns, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

                            Robert Mosbacher, President of Overseas Private Investment Corporation

                            Suleman Fatimie, Vice President of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency

                            Atiq Panjshiri, President of Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce

                            Hamidullah Farooqi, President of Afghanistan International Chamber of     


                            Ibrahim Mohib, Chairman of the Afghan Business Council - Dubai


When:                 Monday, October 30, 2006

                            9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

                            Tuesday, October 31, 2006

                            9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Where:              Four Seasons Hotel

                          2800 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.

                          Washington, DC 20007

REGISTRATION: Accredited members of the media are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Joshua Gross:  [email protected] , (202) 657 8052




The Economic, Trade & Investment Department of the Embassy of Afghanistan under the leadership of the Ministry of Commerce promotes economic and private sector development in Afghanistan. The Department serves as an information resource for companies interested in doing business in Afghanistan, while advocating for policy issues important to Afghanistan before U.S. government and multilateral institutions in Washington.

The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is the leading organization facilitating U.S.-Afghan business, investment, and trade ties.  AACC serves the interests of its members through numerous programs, advocates for a free and open market economy in Afghanistan, and endeavors to strengthen U.S.-Afghan economic relations.  AACC is a growing national organization, bringing together companies, organizations, and individuals with a stake in helping Afghanistan succeed and developing opportunities in an emerging economy. 

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