The Annual General Assembly of the members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan took place in the Gul Surkh Board Room of the Serena Hotel in downtown Kabul.
The well-attended meeting generated thoughtful discussion among members regarding proposed amendments to the Charter. The amendments are designed to strengthen Chamber governance and fidelity to guidelines of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The meeting also featured key points from the 2013 Annual Report to the Members. Despite a challenging business environment, the report depicted an institutionalized AmCham/Af that enjoys steady growth and active, engaged members.
“Our numbers continue to be strong,” said Elspeth Smith, “despite the departure from Afghanistan of businesses that are closing up as the military numbers draw down. “The members who plan to stay and most of them do are diversifying and expanding their products and services in the private sector.”
The 2013 report indicates a growing number of members in prestige categories, a positive cash balance, and over 40 events in which the AmCham/Af played an important part. “We really rolled out the red carpet on events, Smith said. “It was a great year for us.”