4th Annual U.S.-Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference
October 21, 2008

Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) to host its 4th Annual U.S.-Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference on October 21, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C. Conference attendees will be able to discuss business opportunities with Afghan Ministers and others covering key sectors of the new Afghan economy such as, Energy, Power and Mineral Development, , Urban and Infrastructure Development, Agriculture and Food Processing; to hear U.S. Government and Business experts discuss economic / development programs and private sector investment and partnering opportunities; and to meet and develop business and investment relationships with a delegation of Afghan and Dubai based businesspersons working in the region. An Informational Trade Fair held in conjunction with the conference facilitates the exchange of information on businesses working in Afghanistan or providing goods and services to Afghanistan. Conference registration includes many networking extras. For more information on registration and sponsorship, please refer to the AACC website: www.a-acc.org or call AACC offices 703-442-5005.



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Second Afghanistan International Carpet Fair -- Kabul, Afghanistan

October 26 - 28, 2008

The Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan will host the Second Afghanistan International Carpet Fair in Kabul, Afghanistan at the Serena Hotel from October 26 – 28, 2008.

The International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce is organizing a U.S. rug/carpet business trade mission to the International Carpet Fair. The trade mission will assist U.S. businesses with exploring trade and investment opportunities in Afghanistan’s rug sector. Afghanistan Investment & Reconstruction Task Force Director Susan Hamrock Mann will lead the delegation of U.S.-based companies who have expressed interested in pursuing business in Afghanistan’s rug sector.

The mission will include participation in the Carpet Fair, matchmaking, and a potential site visit to a rug production facility. The mission will reaffirm the U.S. Government’s support towards bilateral relations and seek to expand opportunities for U.S. companies in Afghanistan.

To learn more about the 2nd Afghanistan International Carpet Fair Trade Mission, please contact the Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force at (202) 482-1812 or visit the Federal Register notice at: http://frwebgate3.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=0685161515+0+0+0&WAISaction=retrieve.

For additional information for U.S. companies regarding doing business in Afghanistan, call the Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force Hotline at (202) 482 – 1812.

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4th Annual AACC "US-Afghan Business Matchmaking Conference 2008"

October 21st,2008

OPIC Investment Conference: Access to Opportunity in The Middle East

May 5–7, 2008 - Dead Sea, Jordan

As a supportive tool for private sectors looking for investment opportunities in emerging markets, including Iraq and Afghanistan, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will hold an international investment conference on May 5 – 7, 2008 at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Dead Sea, Jordan. This is an excellent opportunity to explore investment prospects in the region presented by leading investment experts, U.S. businesses currently investing in the Middle East, financial institutions operating in the region and U.S. government officials. This conference also serves as an opportunity to learn more about the formation of joint ventures and partnerships between U.S. and local businesses and gain support for new investments. Speakers will focus on access to credit housing, infrastructure, and investment opportunities in tourism, information technology, franchising and energy. For more information, please visit the event website.


Afghanistan International Carpet Fair

August 26-28, 2007 – Kabul, Afghanistan

This fair will bring together Afghan carpet producers and exporters with international buyers and investors. This event will be sponsored by the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan. For further details please contact: Mr. Yahya Akhlaqi.

Private Sector Roundtable Discussion with Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development:

April 21, 2008 – Washington, DC

On April 21, 2008, the Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, H.E. Minister Ehsan Zia will speak at a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Minister Zia will give a presentation on the new “ Afghan Rural Enterprise Development Program,” which presents potential on investment opportunities in rural Afghanistan, and will be giving an industry briefing to companies interested in investing in this sector. The event is scheduled to take place from 2:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. This event is open to businesses interested in investing in Afghanistan's rural sector or supplying it with products ranging from the agro-business sector to housing and construction. For more information please contact the AIRTF at afghaninfo@mail.doc.gov or call our hotline at (202) 482-1812. Event Announcement

Spotlight on Afghanistan’s Minerals at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference

March 3-4, 2008 – Toronto, Canada

The Afghan Ministry of Mining (MoM), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force (AIRTF) showcased Afghanistan’s Mineral resources at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference and Trade Show in Toronto, March 3-4. Of particular highlight was the announcement that MoM will be tendering for the world-class Hajigak iron deposit in the next 6 months. Mr. Stephen G. Peters, USGS, and Adam Choppin, AIRTF, also presented to the PDAC/CAMESE Exhibitors Innovation Forum on Monday, March 3 on Afghanistan’s mineral resources and business climate.

Afghan Inspirations: Rug Renaissance, Coveted Traditions

January 28–February 1, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada

A delegation of 10 Afghan rug businesses exhibited their products at the 2008 Las Vegas Market at the World Center Market in Las Vegas, Nevada. The market is a semiannual event devoted to furniture, decorative accessories, lighting, area rugs, and home textiles.

The Afghan delegation participated in a special exhibit at the show, “Afghan Inspirations: Rug Renaissance, Coveted Traditions,” created by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force in conjunction with the Afghan Ministry of Commerce’s Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan, the Afghan Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Afghanistan was long recognized as a global leader in the production of hand-woven carpets, using centuries old weaving techniques passed down through generations. The country’s resources, including its domestic supply of wool and natural dyes, helped to make the Afghan hand-woven rug a national treasure.

Afghanistan is now reasserting its revered carpet industry, which is proving to be a key element in the country’s economic reconstruction. Under the Generalized System of Preferences trade program, Afghan rugs can be imported into the United States duty free.

This was the third U.S. visit by Afghan rug producers sponsored by the Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force. Previous visits were to the AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 2007 and a multicity tour in July 2006. For more information on the Las Vegas Market and the exhibit of Afghan rugs, contact our office at: AfghanInfo@mail.doc.gov.

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