William Aossey, Chief Executive Officer of Midamar Corporation, a company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, completed a one week visit to Afghanistan to investigate potential trade and investment opportunities in mulberry fruit juice production in Panjsher Province and dehydrated potato flake production and processing in Bamyan Province. Aossey's visit to Afghanistan was facilitated by USAID officials in Kabul, the USAID-funded Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), and Provincial Reconstruction Teams.
Minister Noorullah Delawari, the Chief Executive Officer of AISA, said, "Afghanistan is fertile ground for investors especially in the agribusiness sector. We are very pleased to have welcomed Aossey and the Midamar Corporation and look forward to finding ways to work together following his productive visit."
AISA is the part of the Afghan government responsible for developing investment opportunities for both foreign and domestic firms interested in doing business in Afghanistan.
Aossey plans to extend the market in Afghanistan for his high quality Halal meat products through a partnership with a well-known Afghan food distributions company based in Kabul. During his visit, he also met with proven Afghan producers of honey, fruit jam, and fresh fruit. At the end of his trade and investment mission, Aossey noted, "I was surprised at the high quality of the agricultural goods produced across the country and honored to have met so many wonderful Afghans who are focused on improving this beautiful country."
Established in 1974, Midamar Corporation is a leading U.S.-based Halal Food Brand and Global Supply Chain Management Company serving the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Far East. Aossey was the first Muslim to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Senegal in 1963 and was a Fulbright Scholar for research in Vietnam.