Since 2008, each year, AACC honors an outstanding American-led or U.S.-based company or businessperson who has made significant contributions to business and the private sector in Afghanistan. 

“The purposes of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce are to improve and strengthen business relations and trade among Afghan and American owned businesses, promote the practice of a market economy in Afghanistan, and to engage in business and trade related programs including training to facilitate cooperation among Afghan and American businesses, business associations and individuals.”

The Business Person of the Year will be recognized and honored in person at AACC’s U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference in Washington, D.C. each year. 

In 2011, AACC recognized Mr. Ishan Farid Khwaja, who is the President and CEO of I-Group. Established in 1995, the I-Group is a family-held business group with varied interests across Afghanistan, the UAE, East Africa and North America. 

In 2010, Mr. Abdul Ghafoor, the Chairman of RANA Technologies & Enterprises headquartered in Afghanistan was honored. RANA Technologies, a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) & Information and Communications (ICT) Enterprise in Afghanistan.

In 2009, ACC presented its Businessperson of the Year Award to Mr. Ibrahim Lutfi, Chairman of TriVision Studios (U.S. and Kabul) and President and CEO of Kabul Felez Factories

In 2009, AACC presented an “AACC Distinguished Achievement Award”to Mr. Atiq Panjshiri, former President & CEO of AACC for “His Significant Contribution to the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce

In 2008, AACC’s award winner was Mr. Ehsan Bayat, the Founder and Chairman of Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) and Bayat Foundation, established in Afghanistan and Telephone Systems International (TSI), established in U.S.A.  

For more detailed information, Please view Criteria for AACC Businessperson of the Year Award 

8th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference 2012 Awards:

AACC Businessperson of the Year Award

Presented by the AACC Board of Directors
Mr. Nadim M. Amin
Afghan Resources Group (ARG)

Businessperson Award-BMC2012

Performance Excellence & Support for AACC Award *

Presented by the AACC Board of Directors
Mr. Zamari M. Kamgar
President & Chairman
Kam Group

* Criteria for Performance Excellence & Support for AACC Award: The same Criteria for AACC Businessperson of the Year Award holds for the new Award, Performance Excellence & Support for AACC except the new Award applies to Afghan companies who are long-standing in their support for AACC.

Zamari M. Kamgar-Performance Excellence and Support for AACC-BMC2012

Zamarai Kamgar started as a trader in commodities, under the name of KAMGAR TRADING, more than 25 years ago. Coming from a government position in AFSOVTRANS a state company that was set up to control commerce between the then USSR and Afghanistan, invaluable lessons were learned and contacts made that still hold good today.

During the civil war and the Taliban period Kamgar continued to supply goods to Afghans. With the liberation of Afghanistan, opportunities presented themselves to take KAMGAR TRADING into new and unknown areas. Eleven years later THE KAM GROUP leads the way in its list of firsts.

Click HERE to read the full text of remarks for Mr. Zamari M. Kamgar's Award.

Senate of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Award

Presented by
Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Senate (Mashrano Jirga) of Afghanistan to 

Honorable Don Ritter, Sc. D. 

Award to Hon. Don Ritter Sc. D

Remarks delivered by Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Senate (Mashrano Jirga) of Afghanistan  

In the name of God, the most merciful and the most gracious

Ministers and officials of the governments of the U.S. and Afghanistan, officials of the Embassy of Afghanistan and other Embassies, officials of the Afghan American and sister Chambers of Commerce, and last but definitely not least, Afghan and American Businessmen and women, ladies and gentlemen,

Asalam O Alikum

I am very glad to be part of the 8th Annual Afghan American Chamber of Commerce U. S. Afghanistan Business Matchmaking conference. First, I must convey the warm wishes of the Mr. Fazl Hadi Muslimyaar, Chairman of the Upper chamber, the Senate of the National Parliament.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you already know that around this time of the year, and for seven years previously, a matchmaking conference between Afghan and American businesses takes place so that Afghan and American businesses are introduced to each other and given the opportunity to share mutually beneficial business ideas. This can result in Afghan and American businesses finding appropriate business partners and together they can develop a even stronger business from such a relationship.

A good example of this is my personal experience when I attended the 7th Annual matchmaking conference last year. As an Afghan businessman attending the Conference, I met up and was able to partner with an American company, headed by Ms. Maryam Atmar called Mari Associates Inc. We now have offices in the USA, UK, UAE and Afghanistan. And many other such meetings and partnerships have occurred over the years of this conference.

All these achievements have been made possible by the efforts of the Afghan American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) working with their friends and colleagues in government and business in Afghanistan and the U.S. A major figure in bringing all this about is the Honourable Dr Don Ritter. Don Ritter holds a doctorate from M.I.T., has served 14 years in the U.S. Congress, played a key role in liberating Afghanistan from the Soviet Union, has done business in Afghanistan since 2003 and has played an important role in the development of the modern national Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan, ACCI.

Historically, Don Ritter has been engaged with people of Afghanistan for more than 30 years and since 9-11 has been back to the country 33 times.

Each year, before the conference, Honourable Don Ritter visits Afghanistan to meet different businesses, ACCI and ABA, relevant ministries and U.S. agencies in order to better facilitate the conference.

During one of these visits, Honourable Don Ritter met with the Head of Afghan Senate and gave an overview of the services and bilateral benefits of the AACC. This was highly admired by the leadership of Afghan Senate. In the light of his continued and tireless efforts for Afghanistan, the Afghan Senate leadership has decided to honour him with the highest award from the Afghan Senate for his achievements.

I would like to take this opportunity to present the Honourable Dr. Don Ritter with the award that has been entrusted to me by the Afghan Senate.


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