Tuesday, June 7, 2011

War Torn Afghanistan Sees Small Businesses Flourish


(Seated right to left) U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Independent Directorate of Local Governance Director Farid Nomanzai, and Kunar Provincial Gov. Fazlullah Wahidi speak with Kunar and national Afghan media at the governor’s compound in Asadabad, Afghanistan, June 1. Eikenberry and Nomanzai traveled to Kunar to assess reconstruction and stability operations while meeting with provincial officials and coalition forces representatives from the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team and the Iowa Army National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, paid a visit to the Kunar provincial government offices in Asadabad, June 1, meeting with Gov. Fazlullah Wahidi and his staff before attending a graduation ceremony for the Kunar Construction Center.
There was a significant increase in the business activity on the streets of Asadabad compared to his last visit, and strong indicators of huge economic growth in Kunar’s outlying districts as well, Eikenberry said.

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