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Afghanistan Business Dialogue Series
Remarks by Ambassador Said T. Jawad


IFC and MIGA Loan and Insurance Seminar
11/18/2004

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the Embassy of Afghanistan. We are honored to have you all here.

• The Afghanistan Business Dialogue, an initiative of the Afghan Embassy, Afghan American Chamber of Commerce and the Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce.

• The dialogue includes at least one event a month on business issues. This is the second of a series of dialogues that we are holding to help potential investors have a better understanding of the investment process and opportunities in Afghanistan.

I would like to thank the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce and Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce for making this event possible.

Thank you also to IFC and MIGA for their valuable contribution in rebuilding Afghanistan. Thank you for coming this afternoon to hold this important loan and insurance seminar. Both IFC and MIGA are doing a wonderful job of assisting Afghanistan :

  • IFC
  • First Microfinance Bank
  • Kabul Serena Hotel
  • IFC Lays Foundations for Developing Leasing Sector in Afghanistan
  • MIGA
  • Developed the Afghanistan Investment Guarantee Facility (AIGF)
  • MIGA has also supported a Needs Assessment of the Afghan Investment Support Agency and will be working with that institution to increase its capacity.

Access to capital for projects in Afghanistan, especially for the local private sector and SME is very crucial.

Thank you.