The Minister of Public Works completes 10-day field visit to the United States

Embassy of Afghanistan

Ambassador Hakimi stands with Minister Aouojan and other diplomats.

WASHINGTON—Over the course of a ten-day multi-city field visit to the United States, Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Works visited numerous infrastructure sites and met with relevant authorities of the U.S. Government, World bank and and industry to observe and discuss strategies for capacity building, infrastructure improvement and maintenance, and even signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for technology transfer.

Minister Aouojan began his field visit to the United States in its capital where he met with Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Transportation, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, a top USAID assistant administrator from the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs and Vice President of the World Bank for South and Asia Region. Minister Aouojan discussed various opportunities for infrastructure development, technology transfer and capacity building programs for the transportation sector of Afghanistan.

While in D.C., Minister Aouojan also met with high ranking officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation including administrators from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Railway Administration to share experiences and expertise on creating lasting, well-performing infrastructure as Afghanistan’s position as the land bridge linking trade and transit between Central and South Asia continues to develop. He also talked with representatives from the Society of Afghan Engineers, President & CEO Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce with the AACC Construction Working Group and had dinner at the Embassy of Afghanistan with Ambassador Hakimi.

The Ministry of Public Works signed a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate a technology transfer with the University of Maryland’s School of Engineering on Friday August 24, which is also when Minister Aouojan met with the President of AASHTO to discuss how their internationally used set of standards are structured.

An additional Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with the Maryland Department of Transportation for the transfer of technology to aid and improve the vital infrastructure being built in Afghanistan.

The Minister also traveled to several important engineering sites in California, Colorado, and Maryland such as the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel and the I-95 highway inspection station to examine their engineering, operation and maintenance systems.