“Afghan Allure” Exhibit
September 20 – 22, 2009
October 14-15, 2009
The AIRTF hosted the Afghan Allure Exhibit at the New York International Carpet Show from September 20 – 22, and at the Seattle Design Trends show from October 14 – 15 of this Fall 2009. This special exhibit sampleed a variety of some of the finest Afghan hand-woven rugs from savvy Afghan rug companies. The exhibit also featured jewelry, and other cultural items, promoting the rich culture and art of Afghanistan, which dates centuries back and is known to be the Heart of the Silk Road. For information on this event, please contact Noor Alam of the Afghanistan Investment & Reconstruction Task Force of the Department of Commerce at Noor.Alam@mail.doc.gov or (202) 482-1421.
U.S.-Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference
October 18-20, 2009
Stone Business Magazine Features Afghanistan Marble
Afghanistan’s 60 known deposits of dimensional stone were featured as August’s “Source of Stone” in the most recent issue of Stone Business Magazine. The Afghanistan Marble and Granite Processors Association (AMGPA) works with several international partners to promote Afghan stone internationally, with anticipated stone exhibits at the upcoming stone industry shows in Verona, Italy, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more
For more information on and to view images of the marble resources in Afghanistan, view the British Geological Survey’s Afghan marble brochure.
2009 Afghanistan Country Commercial Guide Now Available
Every year, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul puts together an overview of the economic, legal, political, and financial systems in Afghanistan, with a view toward providing useful information for U.S. businesses interested in investment in or trade with this country. This report is now available in its most recent issue online, free-of-charge for your convenience. Read more
Afghan Marble Offers Beauty and Hope
Foreign direct investment, modern technology, and better management and equipment can help develop one of Afghanistan’s sectors of comparative advantage—marble. Those tools can help ensure economic stability in a nation that is still rebuilding from years of war. An article in the May 2009 “International Trade Update” Newsletter discusses the activities and results of the March 2009 Afghan Marble and Stone Conference. Read more
Extended: Hajigak Iron Deposit
Response Due: May 31, 2009
The Afghan Ministry of Mines has extended the request until May 31, 2009, for Expression Of Interest notice for the Hajigak Iron Deposit, which would ultimately give mineral rights to the qualified company to the Hajigak Iron deposit and surrounding lands exhibiting exploration potential. According to the Afghanistan Geological Survey and the British Geological Survey, the world-class Hajigak iron deposit(s) have an estimated resource base of some 1.8 billion tons at an estimated grade of 62% Fe (using the Russian classification system). View Request for Expression of Interest
The Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFair
May 20-22, 2009
The Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFair showcased Afghanistan's fresh fruits and vegetables and offered the opportunity for networking with hundreds of leading business representatives while exhibiting U.S. products and new technologies.
This was the fourth AgFair held at the Badam Bagh Fairground, with the featuring hundreds of exhibitors, 35 international business participants from countries including, the United States, China, Turkmenistan, India, Tajikistan, and the Netherlands. The Fair had over 30,000 visitors, with projected sales of up to $900,000. The AIRTF facilitated the attendance of four U.S. companies to attend the Fair.
Business matchmaking visits were available to participants, with key foreign investment opportunities across a range of infrastructure sectors from cold-chain management to import/export brokerage services as well as modern farming inputs spanning environmentally safe pesticides and the latest cultivation techniques.
For information on future shows, please contact Noor Alam of the Afghanistan Investment & Reconstruction Task Force of the Department of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 482-1421. Learn more
U.S. Business Roundtable with Afghan Minister of Commerce, Mr. Shahrani, and Industry and Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Rahimi
May 8, 2009
The Commerce Department hosted a U.S. Business Roundtable that presented over 20 U.S. Company participants interested in Afghanistan’s agribusiness and mining sectors the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Minister Shahrani and Afghan Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Minister Rahimi.
The event featured a discussion led by H.E. Minister Shahrani and H.E. Minister Rahimi on the opportunities and challenges to doing business in Afghanistan. The International Trade Administration’s Acting Undersecretary, Michelle O’Neill provided welcoming remarks to the Ministers and participants.
First Afghan Hydrocarbon Bidding Round 2009
Response Due: June 15, 2009
The Afghan Ministry of Mines has issued a Request For Expression of Interest notice for the pre-qualification for the participation in the First Afghan Hydrocarbon Bidding Round, which would be connected with an award of Exploration and Production Sharing contracts for the exploration, development, and production of hydrocarbons in the Jangalikalan (Gas), Juma-Bashikurd (Gas), and Kashkari (Oil) blocks in Northern Afghanistan. View Request for Expression of Interest
The 2009 Afghanistan Investment Climate Statement
The U.S. Department of State has recently released the 2009 Afghanistan Investment Climate Statement. Investment Climate Statements provide a thorough description of the overseas environments in which U.S. investors must operate. The statements cover general characteristics, such as openness to foreign investment and treatment of foreign investors, as well as details about procedures for licensing and similar administrative matters. View report
The Afghan Marble and Stone Conference
March 23-26, 2009
From March 23 – March 26, 2009, the Afghanistan Marble and Granite Processors Association and the U.S. Agency for International Development will be hosting the Afghan Marble and Stone Conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, and invites U.S. investors and exporters to learn more about the opportunities in Afghanistan. The event will bring together a broad partnership of private sector firms, international financers, marble and stone industry experts, government agencies, and marble industry associations from around the world. For more information, please view the event flyer or contact Ariana Monti at email@example.com or (202) 482-3754.
The Mazar International AgFair & Cashmere Exhibition
March 11-13, 2009
From March 11 – March 13, 2009, the Ministry of Agriculture, with the support of the USAID, the Export Promotion Agency and others, will be hosting the first ever Mazar International AgFair and Cashmere Exhibition in Mazar-I-Sharif. The fair will bring together producers, buyers, packagers, government agencies, and other entities to facilitate and create business relationships. The Cashmere Exhibition will be a special segment of the Agfair to promote the Afghan cashmere industry. There will be other participating business sector representatives. For more information, please view www.agfair.af or view the event announcement.