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President Karzai Meets with H.E. Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce
Office of the Spokesman to the President


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Date of Release: 28 February 2006
Arg, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, met with H.E. Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce at the Gulkhana palace this afternoon.

During this meeting, the President and Secretary Gutierrez discussed the strong economic and commercial relationship between Afghanistan and the United States of America.

The President emphasized Afghanistan’s desire to export its dry fruits, marble, carpets and rugs to the United States of America and said, “30 years ago, Afghanistan was a major exporter of raisin to the world and we will work hard to regain that status. We need more assistance in getting our products to the world standards.”

“The World Bank report on doing business 2006 ranked Afghanistan as the top in the world with respect to business start up regulation which augurs well for the future our economy and encourages us to build on this success and create an environment that’s more conducive to foreign investors.”

Secretary Gutierrez reaffirmed the long-term commitment of the United States of America to work with the people of Afghanistan to create economic opportunities and develop a private sector that will drive Afghanistan’s economic growth.

Secretary Gutierrez said, “My visit highlights the United States’ continued support to help Afghanistan create a business-friendly environment that will create jobs and move economic development forward. A strong economy will help Afghanistan build a society based on peace, hope and prosperity.”

Afghanistan and the United States will hold a Conference in the future on trade and development which aims to enhance relationship between the Afghan businesses and the United States businesses to work on getting Afghan products more suitable to the standards of international products.

The President also discussed the prospect of Afghanistan becoming a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to open better opportunities for the people of Afghanistan.”

For further information, please contact:

Khaleeq Ahmad, Deputy Spokesman on International Affairs

Tel.: 0093 70 28 68 53

Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


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