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Afghan traders ready to participate in the “Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference”

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Afghan traders ready to participate in the “Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference”

8th annualAfghan traders have expressed their readiness to participate in the 9th Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference that is due to be held in November this year in Washington D.C.

The Conference is aimed at exploring business opportunities in Afghanistan, providing networking platforms for businesses, investors and government and for marketing and promoting businesses.

This year’s Conference will be held in cooperation with Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI); Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA); Afghan Business Council-Dubai (ABC-Dubai); the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA); the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.; U.S. Department of States; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. and Afghan business and governmental leaders.

This year’s Conference will include “One-On-One“meetings/discussions with key Speakers, panelists and U.S. and ‎Afghan Ministry and Government Officials” on the above-mentioned sectors. We also will repeat last year’s ‎successful “Trade Fair,” to facilitate greater sharing of information on programs and opportunities between U.S. ‎and Afghan firms.

A conference for the purpose of informing about the conference was held in Kabul on Saturday. The conference was attended by representatives from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Afghan Builders Association accompanied by 70 affluent Afghan traders.

Addressing the conference, President and CEO of the AACC Don Ritter said the 9th Annual Matchmaking Conference will enable Afghanistan to expand its economic market.

Calling the Conference valuable for Afghanistan, Afghan Commerce and Industries Minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi said Afghan traders must think about the “economic rationality of investment” that can bring positive changes to the economy.

“Our country offers a lawful business environment that easily attracts investors from around the world to come in and invest in our country,” said Mr. Ahadi.

He added that Afghanistan is the 23rd country among 187 countries that allows for easy investment.

With regards to Afghanistan’s situation after 2014, Mr. Ahadi said that security, political and economic changes are bound to happen.

“If the number of foreign forces in the country is declining, their economic contributions must rise.”

He added that political transformations must happen in a transparent manner to ensure  sustainable assistance from foreign countries.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the ACCI Khan Jan Alokozay said the Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference has had many achievements in the past years. He regarded the Conference as a “bridge”, strengthening ties between Afghanistan and the U.S.A.

Reflecting on the problems faced by investors, Mr.Alokozay cited visa process as the major problem for investors.

He called on the government to offer opportunities for investors to get in contact with foreign businesses.

Chairman of the ACCI Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said the Matchmaking Conference has resulted in attracting major investments in the country so far.

“If you have any questions about the Conference, you can contact the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries. You can apply for the visa a month ahead, and we will be there to assist you with the visa process,” said Mr. Haqjo.

He requested the concerned ministries to share information materials on the upcoming Conference with the investors in the country, mainly in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat and Balkh.

It is worth mentioning that the US and Afghan government signed an agreement on May 20,2013 aimed at addressing challenges faced by Afghan women entrepreneurs and taking measures to increase the ability of women to successfully run their own businesses.

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