Afghanistan Enterprise Council (AEC) is world's first independent, nonpolitical and non-governmental think-tank based founded by World Afghan Congress in collaboration with British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is dedicated to studying, researching and understanding Afghanistan’s trade, investment, business and economic affairs.

AEC believes in improving the lives of ordinary Afghans through innovation, entrepreneurship and private sector. Our experience shows that the overwhelming involvement of foreign aid agencies and development consultants post 9/11, has resulted in policies and initiatives for private sector, which have catastrophically failed. It has undermined businesses, the private sector and organic economic growth of the nation, it is time to put an end to such uninformed menace.

Afghanistan’s dependence on aid from donors is undermining the most important traits of the local people, which is hard work, creativity and trade. It is these qualities that will build a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan, not donations.

AEC envisions a dignified Afghanistan dependent on the talent, creativity and skills of its people. We aim to change not only the debate on how Afghanistan can stand on its own feet as a dignified and self-reliant nation of the world but also change the attitude of every stakeholder in the country and the world. At AEC, we bring together the most visionary, disruptive and entrepreneurial private sector leaders, leading academicians, prominent civil society activists and talented public sector policy makers to lead the nation into a bright future of peace, unity and opportunities for all through business.



We study the most pressing challenges that impact Afghanistan’s trade, investment and business nationally, regionally and globally, and its impact on the lives of Afghan citizens and ultimately the nation’s economy.


We facilitate debate and discussion around important issues and topics by bringing together experts, practitioners and leaders from the private, public and non-governmental sector to formulate a strategy for an enterprising Afghanistan.


We make important recommendations to both internal and external stakeholders in Afghanistan, lobby for a pro-business government and keep the public informed by communicating our vision through media, academia and civil society.