American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan (AmCham)
The Chamber is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization. Registered in Afghanistan in 2010, the American Chamber of Commerce will look to promote US investment in Afghanistan. Through our committees and members, we will be able to share information, raise issues of common concern and propose possible solutions. As an AmCham member, you will have access to a vast network of business information and contacts in Afghanistan and the US.
Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)
The Afghan American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is the leading organization facilitating U.S.-Afghanistan business, investment, and trade ties through its Matchmaking Conferences and related activities.
Member Services: AACC promotes the exchange of information and provides resources to members through business advice, conferences, seminars, networking events, publications, and other avenues to stimulate U.S.-Afghanistan business and investment. AACC is a growing national organization, bringing together companies, organizations, and individuals with a stake in helping Afghanistan succeed and developing opportunities in an emerging economy.
Promoting a Business Friendly Environment: AACC works to ensure that Afghanistan’s market economy remains a priority for U.S. and Afghan policymakers. It serves as a link between the private sector and government to encourage economic policies that result in increased business and investment between the U.S. and Afghanistan. AACC seeks to reduce the impediments to business and market economic progress through its sector-based Working Groups.
INTERNATIONAL STABILITY OPERATIONS ASSOCIATION (ISOA)
The International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), formerly known as the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA), is a trade association founded in April 2001. IPOA was created to support the private military and disaster relief industries and is based in Washington, D.C., United States. Through ISOA’s three pillars, government affairs, partnerships & outreach, and business development, members receive unique membership benefits that are valuable and measurable.
On behalf of our members, ISOA is engaged with policy-makers and key government agencies at all levels on issues that affect the industry every day. ISOA advocacy efforts include white papers, visits to U.S. policymakers on Capitol Hill and in key federal agencies, as well as engagement with government agencies of countries where our members operate and from which they receive funding.
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was created in 1985 by the Secretary of State to promote an open dialogue between the U.S. Government and the American private sector on security issues abroad. OSAC is directed by a council of 34 representatives from companies and government agencies concerned with overseas security. The Director of the Diplomatic Security Service is one of the co-chairs of OSAC, and a DS Special Agent serves as OSAC’s Executive Director.
With a constituency of 4,600 U.S. companies and other organizations with overseas interests, OSAC operates an Internet website, www.osac.gov, which is one of its principal means of information exchange with the private sector. The website offers its visitors the latest in safety and security-related information, public announcements, warden messages, travel advisories, significant anniversary dates, terrorist groups profiles, country crime and safety reports, special topic reports, foreign press reports, and much more.
The OSAC information exchange mechanism also includes a staff of international security research specialists that is dedicated solely to serving the U.S. private sector. Additionally, OSAC has a network of country councils around the world that brings together U.S. embassies and consulates with the local U.S. community to share security information.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)
In serving the private sector, the chamber looks back on a long history, which started 84 years ago. For the first time in 1931, Afghan traders established Commercial Arbitration Association to integrate their business activities and also defend their rights. Later on, this organization was transformed into the chamber of commerce and industries to promote domestic production and trade in all provinces. At the beginning of the millennium, the former state-controlled chamber made a dynamic leap forward. The chamber law of 2009 ensured that the ACCI is an independent and democratic organization. This approach allows for close co-operation between the public and private sectors and enables the creation of a self-regulated business sector throughout the country.
Currently, the Chamber represents over 90 % of the total Afghan workforce. ACCI is headquartered in Kabul and operates branch chambers in 25 provinces. Its current membership exceeds 65,000 companies and 164 business unions, association and cooperatives which represent a vast majority of the total Afghan workforce.
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.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Founded in 1904, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global professional accounting body offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification (ACCA or FCCA). As at June 2015, ACCA had 178,000 members and 455,000 students in 180 countries. ACCA’s headquarters are in London with a principal administrative office in Glasgow. ACCA works through a network of 91 offices and centres, and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide employee development.The syllabus comprises 14 examinations, although some exemptions are available. The qualification is structured in two parts. The Fundamentals level consists of 9 examinations: F1 Accountant in Business, F2 Management Accounting, F3 Financial Accounting, F4 Corporate and Business Law, F5 Performance Management, F6 Taxation, F7 Financial Reporting, F8 Audit and Assurance, and F9 Financial Management.
The Professional level involves five examinations. Within the Professional level, three papers are compulsory: P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics; P2 Corporate Reporting; and P3 Business Analysis. Two of the following four options papers must also be completed: P4 Advanced Financial Management, P5 Advanced Performance Management, P6 Advanced Taxation and P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance.
The ACCA full Professional qualification is regarded as the equivalent of a taught UK master’s degree by the UK Border Agency and Department of Education.