Established in 1931, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI or “Chamber”) is an independent organization that is serving the advocacy and business facilitation needs for a burgeoning private sector economy. Currently, the Chamber represents over 90 % of the total Afghan work force.
Today, ACCI is uniquely positioned to influence the pace of economic growth and reform. Strategically nestled at the nexus of public, investor, donor, academia, media, and foreign channels, the Chamber is facilitating the interests of the Afghan private sector to a diverse audience.
Through its business advocacy, the Chamber is seeking a balance between regulation and revenue. As a vehicle for promoting trade and investment, it is opening new markets for Afghan products, matching potential buyers with potential sellers, and advancing the investment narrative of the nation. From access to networks of global partners, the Chamber is acquiring valuable market information and international lobbying services on behalf of the Afghan business community.
Chamber Law, 2009, established the framework for a unitary chamber structure with a head office in Kabul and branch chambers in the provinces. This is a common-sense approach to growing organizational competencies, allowing fledgling provincial chambers to leverage the expertise and access of their recognized national counterpart for promulgating common interests.
Vision and Mission
The vision of ACCI is to be the leading voice of a dynamic, competitive, and rapidly growing Afghan private sector.
ACCI seeks to accomplish this mission by providing leadership and services to foster an enabling private sector environment that generates employment and creates wealth for local and international businesses.
In order to achieve its vision and implement its mission, ACCI has adopted four strategic objectives in the next five years.
ACCI is headquartered in Kabul and operates branch chambers in 21 provinces. Its current membership exceeds 37,000 private sector organizations which include 25 major business associations who represent a vast majority of the total Afghan workforce.
At the helm of ACCI is an elected governing board who supervise the strategic direction of the organization and is responsible for approving administrative policy issues. A Chief Executive Officer is the primary interface between ACCI headquarters and the governing board. Additionally, 20 sector study committees advise the ACCI Board of Directors on issues specific to a given sector. Operationally, there are 9 functional departments at ACCI, overseen by a Chief Operations Officer. Provincial chambers are governed by their respective boards and operated by senior managers and a team of clerical staff.
International affiliate offices of ACCI have been opened in the USA, Netherlands, UAE, Canada, UK, Russia, Turkey and Kazakhstan. The chamber has also signed Memorandum of Understanding with Iran, Pakistan and China for joint chambers to promote trade and strengthen the economic relationship between these countries.
Our Role in Growing the Economy
A key to Afghanistan’s transition to economic self-dependence is premised on public-private policy initiatives that stimulate domestic production and encourage foreign direct investment. The Chamber uses its considerable reach to influence inclusive, pro-growth, and pro-business policies.
During our regular meetings with the Presidency and Cabinet, the Chamber and influential members of the business community, express concerns and articulate solutions to domestic economic policy
Our direct and regular interaction with investors and international trade officials remain the most important conduit for conveying policy solutions and incentives to encourage the investment community
In the complex world of cross-border trading cooperatives, ACCI has established its credentials by:
By our actions, ACCI is proving that the private sector is taking the initiative to address challenges facing the Afghan economy while advocating for open markets and rule-based trade and investment.
Private Sector Challenges
A gradual switch to a less subsidized market economy requires the private sector to lead growth in output, productivity, reinvestment, education, employment, and innovation. Accordingly, it will need to,
Recognizing these challenges, ACCI is working with the government, private sector, and international partners to fashion effective responses to these issues. We understand the scale of the enterprise, the time it will take, and the resources needed to affect the country’s ambition for economic self-reliance.
Ultimately, replacing the development mindset with a focus on unbridled Afghan entrepreneurship, replete with its dynamism, astuteness, and self-motivated incentives, remains our collective vision.