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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
AEC: BUILDING AN ENTERPRISING, SELF-RELIANT AND DIGNIFIED AFGHANISTAN DEPENDENT ON TRADE, INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS, WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

Afghanistan Enterprise Council (AEC) is the nation’s first independent, non-partisan and non-governmental think-tank dedicated to studying, researching and understanding Afghanistan’s trade, investment and business affairs.

AEC believes in improving the lives of ordinary Afghans through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our experience shows that the overwhelming involvement of foreign aid agencies, inept development consultants and uninformed politicians in Afghanistan post 9/11, has resulted in policies and initiatives for private sector, which have catastrophically failed. It has undermined innovation, entrepreneurship and organic economic growth of the nation, it is time to put an end to such a menace.

The failure of the politicians to create jobs, thriving businesses and opportunities for a large population of young Afghans, has turned the nation into the world’s most dangerous place, billions of aid money wasted and youth turning to a life of crime, drug abuse and violence.

Afghanistan’s addiction to aid from donors is undermining the most important traits of the local people, which is hard work, creativity and entrepreneurship. It is these qualities that will build a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan, not donations.

Founded by British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AEC envisions a dignified Afghanistan dependent on the talent, creativity and skills of its people.

We aim to change not only the debate on how Afghanistan can stand on its own feet as a dignified and self-reliant nation of the world but also change the attitude of every stakeholder in the country and the destiny of the nation.

At AEC, we bring together Afghanistan’s most visionary, disruptive and entrepreneurial private sector leaders, leading academicians, prominent civil society activists and talented public sector policy makers to lead the nation into a bright future of peace, unity and opportunities for all.

WHAT DO WE DO

RESEARCH

We study the most pressing challenges that impact Afghanistan’s trade, investment and business nationally, regionally and globally, and its impact on the lives of Afghan citizens and ultimately the nation’s economy.

DEBATE

We facilitate debate and discussion around important issues and topics by bringing together experts, practitioners and leaders from the private, public and non-governmental sector to formulate a strategy for a better Afghanistan.

ACT

We make important recommendations to both internal and external stakeholders in Afghanistan, lobby for a pro-business government and keep the public informed by communicating our vision through media, academia and civil society.

We want an Afghanistan that is democratic, full of opportunities for every citizen and economically self-reliant