Afghanistan Enterprise Council (AEC) is world's first independent, nonpolitical and non-governmental think-tank based in Europe dedicated to studying, researching and understanding Afghanistan’s trade, investment, business and economic 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, 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 uninformed 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 from across the world, the 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
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.
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.
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.