The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) held its 10th Annual U.S. – Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and the JW Marriott Washington D.C. Hotel.
More than 300 Afghan and American business-people and government officials from different parts of the world were in attendance. The conference encouraged business-to-business relationships in terms of investment and trade for American and International companies to tap into business opportunities in Afghanistan on Afghanistan grounds.
Keynote speakers included: His Excellency Omar Zakhilwal, Ph. D., Minister of Finance (Former); GIRoA; Honorable Ed Royce, U.S. Representative and Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Mr. Miguel Valero, President and CEO of CANARAIL; Lt. Col. (Ret’d)Michael G. Waltz, President, METIS Solutions, LLC, Advisor in the George W. Bush White House, and Mr. Craig Steffensen, Representative, North American Representative Office (NARO), Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Panel discussions and presentations included the following topics: Opportunities in Agriculture and Food Processing; Financing Afghanistan Development; Women in the Economy; Construction & Infrastructure; The Role of the Asian Development Bank; Opportunities in Information Technology and Communications; Washington Policy Update; and Extractive Industries (Mining and Energy).
President of TriVision and Chairman of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Mr. Sulaiman Lutfi stated, “This conference has been the longest running event for Afghan and U.S. businesses to meet and forge strong business relationships across continents,” explained Sulaiman Lutfi, Board Chairman of AACC.