6th Annual U.S. - Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference

Oct 27, 2010, 06:00 ET from Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)

November 7-9, 2010 in Washington, DC

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Accessing viable business opportunities in Afghanistan is a hot topic.  At AACC's Business Matchmaking Conference last year, there were over 350 attendees, and we had to cut-off registration," said Sulaiman Lutfi, AACC's Chairman.  He continued, "We expect to see even stronger interest at this year's Conference."  

The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) will hold its 6th Annual U.S. - Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference on November 7-9 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., with receptions at the Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center.

"Again, AACC will bring together a large contingent of Afghan business people with senior Afghan and U.S. officials and key western businesses active in Afghanistan," explained Congressman Don Ritter, AACC's President.  He noted, "Our panelists will be among the best and brightest in their respective areas, but of course, it is the opportunity for networking among Afghan and U.S. business people and officials from both countries that is practically unparalleled. "To go one better than previous years, we will host special one-on-one networking sessions in the afternoons of the 8th and the 9th," added Ritter.

Confirmed speakers for AACC's 6th Annual Business Matchmaking Conference so far include, from Afghanistan:  H.E., Dr Anwar Ahadi, the new Minister of Commerce (formerly Minister of Finance); H.E. Hadi Arghandiwal, Minister of Economy; Abdul Qadeer Fitrat, Central Bank Governor, and H.E. Noor Delawari, Minister Advisor to the President and CEO of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA).  Also keynoting on the U.S. side will be Major General Jeffrey Dorko, the Commanding Officer of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) worldwide, and the Honourable Frank Ruggerio, Deputy Special Representative to Afghanistan-Pakistan under Amb. Richard Holbrooke. Confirmation of Alex Thier, USAID Director of the $5 billion Afghanistan-Pakistan development effort, is pending. Susan Hamrock-Mann, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Iraq and Afghanistan Investment Task Force, and John Aldonas, heading OPIC's Afghanistan effort, as well as other high-level business leaders and government officials from Afghanistan and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Agriculture and State will also be presenting.  

Panel discussions will cover the sectors of Construction, Logistics and Training; Agriculture and Food Processing; Information Technology and Telecommunications and Mining and Natural Resources. Programs Supporting Business in Afghanistan is another key Panel.

AACC will be giving its Businessperson of the Year Award on Monday evening, the 8th of November.

The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce is the foremost non-governmental U.S. organization engaged in furthering business and developing the private sector in Afghanistan.  Information about AACC and the Conference Agenda is available at www.a-acc.org.  Follow the links to Register.

Please contact AACC office at 703.442.5005 for further information.  

SOURCE Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)