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Ambassador James Cunningham Participates in Fulbright Alumni Conference.

April 4, 2013

Kabul – On April 4, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham delivered remarks at Afghanistan’s Fulbright Alumni Conference. The event, believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan, is an important step in U.S. Embassy Kabul’s overall effort to increase engagement with alumni of U.S. government sponsored programs. These individuals, who have obtained U.S. higher degrees or significant U.S. experience, possess substantial talent, skills, and knowledge and are expected to contribute substantially to Afghanistan’s future.

The conference was organized by a distinguished committee of Fulbright alumni, headed by Mirwais Rahimzai, an accomplished expert in the field of Public Health. U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Public Affairs Section sponsored the conference, which enabled Fulbright alumni to come together to discuss and collaborate on issues currently facing Afghanistan, including private sector development, agriculture and the economy, healthcare, extractive industries, and improving regional trade.

Ambassador Cunningham participated in the networking session of the conference, where he emphasized how much U.S. Embassy Kabul values its alumni and the important role that they play in improving their communities and country. The Ambassador also explained the program’s rich history and the growth it has experienced in Afghanistan since its inception in 1952. Notably, U.S. Embassy Kabul has committed to increasing female participation, and for the 2013-2014 academic year it is anticipated that nearly 20% of Afghan Fulbright students will be women.

Ambassador Cunningham told the assembled alumni, “Building a new Afghanistan, after so many years of conflict and destruction, will not be easy. But I believe that it can be done, with the commitment of Afghans from all walks of life. Education is crucial. You as Fulbright alumni can be a source of inspiration for your country, and a force for change in support of Afghanistan’s future as a more stable, democratic, and prosperous nation.”

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