Improving Afghani Conditions: USAID and Beyond

In February, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided the Chaman border post between Afghanistan and Pakistan with three generators and 32 street lights, as a means of ensuring steady energy supply for customs operations at highway and railway crossing points. Chaman handles loads for up to eighteen hours a day, delaying the shipment of equipment and people at this border. USAID will also be maintaining the donated equipment.

This is just one example of the many efforts to improve conditions in Afghanistan. People such as Hamed Wardak and AACC are working hard to improve the quality of life as well as difficult situations in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Cultural-Historical Legacy

Afghanistan is uniquely situated at the heart of the Silk Road. Its geographic location has resulted in a multi-faceted cultural legacy that has encompassed its historical connections with other nations throughout Asia and Europe. In the U.S., Americans are gaining appreciation for Afghanistan’s distinctive culture and history through the efforts of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, whose founding vice-president is Hamed Wardak. Now, British citizens will also have the opportunity to learn more about this nation’s cultural heritage, as the British Museum will be holding a major exhibition displaying over 200 rare objects from Afghanistan’s ancient past, the earliest of which will be gold objects from Afghan’s early history.

Tickets go on sale this month, November 2010, and are available through the British Museum. The exhibit will open on March 3, 2011.

6th Annual AACC Business Matchmaking Conference on Now

Today, in Washington D.C., the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, where Hamed Wardak is the founding vice-president, is having its 6th Annual Business Matchmaking Conference 2010.

Last year, over 350 people attended the 5th Annual Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and the new “W” Hotel.  The event serves to highlight untapped economic opportunity in Afghanistan and to put emphasis on the private sector there.

This year, the conference includes unique 10 minute One-on-One Meetings that participants will be privy to with Key Speakers, Business Leaders and others.

In addition, confirmed and invited guests include: Afghan Cabinet Officials, the Afghanistan Builders Association, the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency, the U.S. Corporations and Businesses, the Embassy of Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of State and many others.