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Chargé d'Affaires Haidari Receives Certificate of Business Appreciation 2010

Chargé d'Affaires M. Ashraf Haidari received Certificate of Business Appreciation 2010 for contributions to and support of international relations and global business efforts on September 23, 2010. Afghanistan was among forty other nations, which the World Trade Center Institute honored at its 2010 Embassy Night, a night to honor specific countries for outstanding business partnerships.

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, showcased their work in Afghanistan’s health sector, which Mr. Haidari welcomed. He appreciated Jhpiego’s partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health to continue training midwives across Afghanistan in order to reduce the country’s staggering maternal and infant mortality rates. “Our Minister of Public Health, Dr. Suraya Dalil, recently told me that because of a sharp increase in the number of trained midwives, thousands of Afghan mothers and their babies are saved annually, and we attribute this vital achievement to the Minister’s effective leadership and collaboration with our private and NGO partners to help us build indigenous capacity so that Afghans are able to address our nation’s health-care problems on our own,” said Mr. Haidari.

More than 80 U.S. firms attended the Embassy Night, while 10 other major American firms, including T.RowePrice, Lockheed Martin, Human Genome Sciences, and others, showcased their business partnerships in various countries. The World Trade Center Institute, headquartered in Baltimore-Maryland’s World Trade Center, is part of a family of 300 World Trade Centers located in vibrant business centers around the world. The event’s featured speakers were Dr. Philip Phan, Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, who gave a talk on “Global Challenges and Implications for Consumer Innovation,” as well as Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Commerce, discussed  the importance of “Global Trade and the Role of Public Private Partnerships.”


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