On September 30th 2015 more than 100 businesses and 170 participants converged in Dubai to explore investment opportunities at coalition airbases in Afghanistan.
The government of Afghanistan, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, hosted the conference to highlight opportunities for the private sector to leverage key military airbase properties and assets including Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e Sharif. The one-day program provided an opportunity for key businesses to learn more about the vast opportunities available through this historical transition.
Afghan Airfield Economic Development can provide the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces more than $100 million in savings on operation and maintenance, as well as security costs and resources. Additionally, it promotes economic development.
These bases are an important component to the development of industry and regional trade in Afghanistan. Economic independence in the private sector is the key stabilizing factor needed in Afghanistan today and the American Chamber is proud to be working with the NATO-led Resolute Support on this historic initiative.
The Chamber thanks all of those who participated in the Afghanistan Air Base Commercialization Spot Light Event.
Our sponsors, AWCC, Azizi Bank, Alokozay, Elite Construction, Parks Global Solutions and Ace Hardware – Afghanistan made the event possible and we thank you for your participation and support.
The Associated Press Covered the event and the story also ran in U.S. News and World Report and the San Francisco Gate.