TURKEY - AFGHANISTAN BUSINESS COUNCIL

Year of Establishment: 2002
Chairman representing Turkey: Süleyman Ciliv
Company: 77 İnşaat ve Taahhüt A.Ş.
Counterpart Organisation:Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
Counterpart Chairman:Atiqullah Nusrat
Company:Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CEO 

The DEİK/Turkey-Afghanistan Business Council was established in 2002 as part of the Eurasia Business Councils. Turkish contractors played an active role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan after years of war. They also dominated the Executive Committee of the Business Council.

One of the main problems facing Afghanistan is a high unemployment rate and a lack of qualified labour. For Turkish companies operating in the country in the construction and engineering business this means, they have to adapt if they want to benefit from their investments also in the future. To alleviate the problem, DEİK and İNTES have agreed to cooperate in offering vocational training courses in their host country. A promise of financial support by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) has provided an additional incentive.

Afghanistan is endowed with rich marble and ore deposits, while Turkey has the knowledge and knowhow of operating mining businesses. The Business Council makes great efforts to convince Turkish mining companies to invest in the country. 

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