5th Annual U.S.- Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference

Oct 16, 2009, 09:28 ET from Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce

OCTOBER 18 to 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) will hold its Fifth U.S.- Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference in Washington, D.C. on October 18th to 20th. The conference will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and the new "W" Hotel nearby and close to the White House.

"There is tremendous interest in Afghanistan these days and people need to know that despite a war being fought (mainly in outlying and distant areas), business is conducted with great vitality and on a daily basis," said former U.S. Congressman and AACC President, Hon. Don Ritter. "Afghans have business in their DNA," added Ritter.

The conference will highlight ways in which U.S. business can tap into business opportunities in Afghanistan. Presentations will be made by Finance Minister, H.E. Dr. Omar Zakhilwal; Noorullah Delawari, President and CEO of the Afghan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and Minister Advisor to President Karzai and Said Tayeb Jawad, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States. Speaking from the U.S. government will be DOD Undersecretary and "Joint Task Force for Economic Stabilization" Director, Paul Brinkley; Paul Jones, the top Deputy to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Also speaking will be Major General Jeffrey J. Dorko, worldwide Military Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Expert panels will discuss business opportunities in agribusiness at all levels, construction, mining, energy and power, financing businesses, contracting and much more. "A record number of visitors to AACC's Matchmaking Conference will be participating," according to AACC Chairman, Ajmal Ghani A.

Panels will also discuss the practical experiences of foreign businesses and investors,

opportunities for U.S. businesses over in Afghanistan, and the Afghan perspective on business opportunities.

The Afghanistan-American Chamber of Commerce is the foremost non-governmental U.S. organization engaged in furthering business and developing the private sector in Afghanistan.

Additional information about AACC and the conference agenda is available at


SOURCE Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce