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AISA Gets World's Second Best Investment Promotion Agency Award

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) won the World's second best investment promotion agency award at the World Investment Conference 2008 in Accra, Ghana on April 18 2008.

The award, jointly given by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), recognized AISA as an investment promotion agency that developed, in a very short period of time, to a world class organization perfecting its skills not only in licensing and investment promotion but also in post-investment support services and policy advocacies, as explained by the President of WAIPA.

Senior policy-makers, investors and investment promotion agencies from over 190 countries met and interacted in this conference whose theme was “Best practices in promoting investment for development”. 

The award was presented in a special function by the President of WAIPA, General Secretary of UNCTAD and Vice President of Ghana to Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, President & CEO of AISA who is attending the Conference. Dr. Zakhilwal thanked WAIPA and UNCTAD for considering the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) for the prestigious award and said "this would really uplift and strengthen the spirit and morale within my organization and encourage us to aim for higher". Earlier in the Conference, Dr. Zakhilwal was elected as the WAIPA regional director for the investment promotions agencies of all Asian countries.

In the conference, the Board of Investment of Mauritius was recognized as the world's first best investment promotion agency.

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) began as an agency that provided licenses to companies wishing to invest in Afghanistan in mid-2003, however, it has  now evolved into a pro-active institution in promoting and attracting investment to Afghanistan as well as a source of credible information on business and investing opportunities; an active advocate and supporter of investors and a developer and supplier of industrial infrastructure.  

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