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U.S. Businesses Look to Help Rebuild Afghanistan
February 15, 2012


A man throws bricks to another man
In this file photo, Afghan laborers pass bricks at the construction site of a house in Kabul, Afghanistan.

14 February 2012

Key sectors of Afghanistan’s economy could soon receive a boost from U.S. businesses whose representatives are now visiting Kabul, Afghanistan.

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez and representatives from 12 U.S. businesses from the construction, mining, agribusiness and information technology sectors are in Kabul to explore how they can play a role in rebuilding the country, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA).

“I am pleased to bring these companies on this historic mission to Afghanistan,” Sánchez said. “We have a special opportunity to partner with Afghan government and business leaders to promote mutually beneficial economic growth and investment.”

The Afghanistan government is taking steps to develop its market economy, and increase both domestic and foreign private investment. It also continues to create legal and administrative regulatory structures that will lead to a market more conducive to trade, investment, and private sector development.

The following companies are participating in the trade mission:

• Bell Helicopter Textron of Hurst, Texas.
• Case New Holland, Inc. of Burr Ridge, Illinois.
• Dynamic Defense Materials, LLC of Marlton, New Jersey.
• GE Energy of Fairfield, Connecticut.
• National Air Cargo of Orchard Park, New York.
• Navistar of Lisle, Illinois.
• PepsiCo of Purchase, New York.
• Quality Pavement Repair of Alpharetta, Georgia.
• Red Arrow Logistics of Seattle, Washington.
• Think Renewables, Inc. of Annapolis, Maryland.
• TTi, Inc. of Rochester Hills, Michigan.