2006 AFGHANISTAN EVENTS
U.S. – Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference 2006
October 29-31, 2006
The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce held their annual U.S. – Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference 2006 in Washington, D.C. at the Four Seasons Hotel from October 29th through October 31st, 2006. The event, the largest U.S.-based investment and business conference focused on Afghanistan, was a follow-up to the successful 2005 Matchmaking Conference.
The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency Presents Investing in Afghanistan: The Heart of Asia
October 29-November 8, 2006
From October 29th through November 8th, 2006, the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and the Economic, Trade and Investment Department of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, held their second annual investment promotion road show of AISA in North America. The road show focused on investing and doing business in Afghanistan in sectors specific to local interests. The road show visited Washington, DC for the second annual Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference; Des Moines, IA for the Agriculture and Agro-processing sector; Los Angeles, CA for the IT and Telecommunication sector; Toronto, Canada for the Energy and Mining sectors; and New York, NY for the Construction and Finance and Insurance sectors.
First Afghan Rug Delegation Visits the United States
July 15-22, 2006
Afghan Ambassador Said T. Jawad, Commerce Assistant Secretary David Bohigian, and the Afghan delegation of rug producers and traders at the Afghan Embassy on July 19. (DOC Photo)
The Commerce Department, with support from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, organized the first-ever delegation of Afghan rug producers to the United States as an effort to help strengthen the economic development of Afghanistan and commercial ties between the United States and Afghanistan. Between July 15 and July 22, 10 Afghan producers and traders of hand-made rugs went to Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, Secaucus, NJ, and New York, NY to meet with importers and buyers and received training on issues such as colors and trends in the home, logistics, and how to exhibit at trade shows.
In Atlanta, the delegation participated in the Atlanta International Area Rug Market where they met with rug importers and received training. In Washington, DC, the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner for the delegation where Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Al Frink gave a keynote address where he shared his expertise based on decades in the rug and carpet industry. The Afghan Embassy hosted a reception and one-on-one meetings for the Afghans where speakers included Afghan Ambassador Said T. Jawad, Commerce Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance David Bohigian, and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez. Additional meetings in Washington included the Washington Design Center and the Textile Museum. The delegation ended the trip in the New York City area where they met with importers at the Oriental Rug Importers Center of America in Secaucus, NJ and large retailers in New York City.
For information about the delegation, read the brochure (200KB PDF only) that proflies each member as well as the Web site www.afghancarpet2usa.com that includes photos of the rugs.
Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez addressed the Afghan rug delegation and attendees at a reception at the Afghan Embassy on July 19. Mrs. Shamim Jawad, wife of the Afghan Ambassador, and Afghan Embassy Commercial Attaché Khaleda Atta are to the left and right of the Secretary respectively. (DOC Photo)
Afghan Ambassador Said T. Jawad and Commerce Assistant Secretary David Bohigian show a rug brought by one of the delegates from Afghanistan at an event hosted by the Afghan Embassy on July 19. (DOC Photo)
Secretary Gutierrez's Trip to Kabul Highlights U.S.-Afghan Commercial Relationship
February 28, 2006
On February 28, Secretary Carlos Gutierrez met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, reinforcing the long-term commitment of the United States to work with the Afghan people to create economic opportunities and develop a private sector that will drive Afghanistan's economic growth. Secretary Gutierrez also met with members of Parliament, representatives of cabinet ministries and U.S. and Afghan companies in a roundtable on trade, investment and private sector development. He discussed opportunities for enhancing the U.S.-Afghan commercial relationship by creating business linkages between U.S. and Afghan companies.
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez speaks to Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 28, 2006.
London Donors Conference
February 2, 2006
Government representatives from about 60 countries and international organizations pledged more than $10.5 billion over the next five years at the donors conference in London on January 31 and February 1. At this conference, the Afghanistan Compact (PDF only) was launched, which outlines the strategy to accelerate development, increase security, tackle the drug trade, and strengthen governance in Afghanistan over the next five years.