WORKING GROUPS

AACC Working Groups are focused on four issues of keen interest to U.S. and Afghan business people and the USG and GOIRA as well. They stem variously from AACC members’ own experiences in doing business in Afghanistan, its relationships with colleague businesspeople and their experiences in Afghanistan, its visa problems in making Matchmaking work and its belief in the (yet to be fulfilled) critical employment-expansion role of the private sector in stabilizing the country and providing substitute and sustainable jobs for those in the industries of narcotics and terrorism.

AACC Working Groups are as below:

  1. Access to Capital
  2. Agriculture and Livestock 
  3. Construction and Infrastructure 
  4. Culture & Tourism
  5. Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  6. Mining & Natural Resources
  7. Transportation and Logistics
  8. Women and the Economy New W.G., Established in March 2013  
Guidelines for AACC Working Groups

March 28, 2013

AACC’s Goal: To Stimulate and Facilitate U.S. Business Engagement, Participation and Investment in the Economy of Afghanistan.

AACC’s Mission:

  • To serve the interests of its members through programs, advocacy for a market economy in Afghanistan, and endeavors to strengthen U.S.-Afghanistan business and economic relations.

  • To serve as a link between business and government to encourage policies that result in increased business and investment between the U.S. and Afghanistan. 

  • To promote the exchange of information and provide resources to members through investment conferences, seminars, networking events, publications, and sector-focused Working Groups.

  • To bring together companies, government agencies, financial organizations, and individuals with a stake in helping Afghanistan succeed by developing business opportunities in its emerging economy.

Purpose of Working Group:

The purpose of a Working Group is to support the overarching mission of AACC laid out above by understanding and promoting business and investment in key sectors and reducing obstacles to such economic engagement. Working Groups are established by a vote of the AACC Board of Directors.

Timing of a Working Group:

Working Groups can come and go depending on current opportunities or challenges and available leadership within the ranks of AACC and friends.

Composition of a Working Group:

A Working Group (WG) is composed of those businessmen and women members of AACC and other related parties such as academics, think-tankers and last but not least, many government officials who participate rigorously but informally. The common ground is that all WG members wish to engage their skills, responsibilities and capacities in both fostering and learning about a particular sector or important business/economy-related subject matter. Indeed, AACC encourages a cross-fertilized WG.

Leadership: Of particular importance is WG leadership. WG leadership is often drawn from the AACC Board of Directors but such is not always available or representative of the necessary competency. The AACC Board encourages other AACC members and friends (who then join AACC) who have the appropriate  expertise and desire to step up to WG leadership.

Working Group Meetings: 

Meetings at AACC (or potentially at a member’s organization) are held on a flexible schedule depending on WG leadership and member availability with a goal of bi-monthly – quarterly frequency. However, correspondence continues between and among WG members in the interim between formal meetings. Attendees from remote locations like Afghanistan or Dubai or well outside the DC area call in on AACC-setup conference calls. 

Working Group Meeting Reports:

Summary of WG meetings are drafted by the WG leader or his or her designee. These reports are brief outlines of the salient features of the discussion, any recommendations derived from the discussion and next steps/follow-up to the meeting. Draft reports are circulated among attendees for comment and input. Final WG reports are circulated among all WG members, those absent are copied as well as those present in-person or on the Conference Call who are direct recipients. AACC Board or other members who request such reports are given access to them. Reports can also be shared with relevant U.S. or Afghan officials. There are occasions when Charter House Rules are applied when information is confidential and those aspects of the discussion remain “off-the-record”.

Conclusion:

AACC Working Groups are established to advance the Goals and Mission of AACC. The Board of Directors of AACC welcomes new faces as WG leaders and contributing members.

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