Afghanistan Trade Mission 2011

Join a Senior Commerce Department official on this business development trade mission to Kabul, Afghanistan, in September 2011.

The business development mission will take place in Kabul, Afghanistan. Participants will meet with Afghan leaders in the public and private sector, learn about the market by participating in Embassy briefings, and explore additional opportunities at networking receptions. Activities will include one-on-one meetings with pre-screened business prospects. (Note that the regular workweek in Afghanistan is Sunday through Thursday.)

The mission will help U.S. companies explore long-term business opportunities in Afghanistan and enhance U.S. – Afghan commercial relations by providing U.S. participants with:

first-hand market information,

access to government decision makers as well as

one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors, and partners.

Mission Details

Cities Visited: Kabul, Afghanistan

Dates: September 2011 *withheld

Targeted sectors:

Construction (including engineering, architecture, transportation and logistics, and infrastructure);

Mining (including equipment, technology, and services);

Agribusiness; and

Information and communications technology.

Full Mission Participation Fee: To participate in the Mission, the fee is $4,800 (SME) or $5,245 (large firm) per company and $2,000 for each additional company representative. Interpretation services for official activities are included in the fee. Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant. Lodging and meals for each participant will cost approximately $150 USD per day.

All Applications must be submitted no later than June 24, 2011.


The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) is taking steps to develop its market economy and increase both domestic and foreign private investment. GIRoA continues to develop legal and administrative regulatory frameworks that will lead to a market more conducive to trade, investment and private sector development. For example, Afghanistan adopted an investment law that allows investments to be 100% foreign-owned. Additionally, on October 28, 2010, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), allowing Afghan container trucks to drive through Pakistan to the Indian border, and also to port cities such as Karachi.

To support Afghanistan’s private sector and promote reconstruction efforts, GIRoA has identified domestic priority sectors needing investment and development in both equipment and services. These priority sectors are: construction and infrastructure, logistics and transportation, mining, agribusiness, and information and communications technology providers.

Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan, situated in Kabul Province. With a total metropolitan population of 2.6 million, it is also the largest city in Afghanistan. It is the commercial center for the country, with national Afghan businesses, associations, and GIRoA ministries maintaining a presence in Kabul. Afghanistan’s GDP per capita is approximately $500, and has experienced double digit growth in recent years.

The Commerce Department has supported commercial and private sector development in Afghanistan since 2002, and posted a Senior Commercial Officer in Kabul in June 2010.


At 11am ET on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, the Department of Commerce will offer a free, hour-long webinar with Senior Commercial Officer Robyn Kessler to discuss commercial opportunities in Afghanistan and to answer general questions for companies interested in the September trade mission. Register now

More Details:

Official Mission Statement and Federal Register Notice

Pre-Mission Webinar (April 13, 2011)

Mission Agenda

Mission Application

Mission Flyer (PDF)

For More Information:

If you have questions, call Jessica Arnold at 202-482-2026 or Ariana Marshall at 202-482-3754, or email

Last Updated: 8/25/15 5:46 PM

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