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Offices and Departments

Economic Section
U.S. Embassy Kabul

INTRODUCTION

The Embassy’s Economic Section is a component of the State Department’s presence in Afghanistan.  Our responsibility: to manage, monitor, and report on the full range of economic issues between the United States and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  We also provide information on doing business in Afghanistan and advocate for U.S. business.

The Economic Section interacts with the Afghan government on bilateral and international economic policy issues and on questions about the regulations involving business, including infrastructure development (telecommunications, civil aviation, energy, and national resource management), agricultural policy and related issues (together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Attaché, based in Islamabad), finance issues (together with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Attaché), and commercial relations.  In all of these areas, we work closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development; USAID’s assistance program in Afghanistan is one of their most extensive worldwide.  We report on macroeconomic developments as well as developments in selected industries, finance, trade, environment, and labor, among other areas.

The Economic Section has one officer whose primary responsibility is to assist U.S. business in Afghanistan and to promote the export of U.S. goods and services to Afghanistan.  Embassy Kabul should be your first stop when seeking to establish a new business in Afghanistan.  Several of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relate to commercial questions.

Our goals with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan include:
• Encouragement of economic policies conducive to a healthy business environment;
• Encouragement of Afghanistan’s status as a crossroads to trade in South and Central Asia;
• Improvements in Afghanistan’s investment climate, including transparency and predictability in  legal and regulatory matters.

DOCUMENTS AND WEB SITES

• U.S. Department of State, Afghanistan Country Page
• Background Notes, Afghanistan
• 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force
 2008 Country Commercial Guide for Afghanistan
• 
Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.
• Office of the President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
 Ministry of Finance, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
• Ministry of Commerce, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
• Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA)
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Economic ENGAGEMENT in Strategic Regions

CONTACT US

Telephone: [93] (0)700-108-001
Fax: NONE – Please scan and e-mail any necessary documents to us.
Kabul is 9½ hours ahead of EST; 8½ hours ahead of EDT.

E-mail:
KabulEcon@state.gov
Using the general e-mailbox number assures that your message will be answered promptly even if the officer who is the primary point of contact on your issue is away from the office.

Mailing Address:      
Counselor for Economic Affairs
Economic Section
U.S. Embassy
APO  AE  09806  (USA)

Local Address in Kabul:
Great Massoud Road
Wazir Akbar Khan (neighborhood)
Kabul
Afghanistan