Includes typical use of agents and distributors and how to find a good partner, e.g., whether use of an agent or distributor is legally required.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
Many international companies find it invaluable to engage an Afghan individual or company as a local agent or partner. In many cases, local connections prove essential in navigating the business world.  When looking for a partner, a good start is to contact the various trade associations that operate in Afghanistan, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan (AmCham Afghanistan), the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and its United States (U.S.)–based affiliate, the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), and the Afghanistan Builders Association (ABA).
 
AACC, in conjunction with ACCI, the trade associations listed above and various Afghan government ministries, holds an annual matchmaking conference in the fall in the Washington, D.C. area.  These organizations all have a wealth of local knowledge and contacts.  The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), a quasi-government agency focused on investment promotion, can also help make recommendations.

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Afghanistan Trade Development and Promotion