The Embassy’s Political Section’s core mission is to maintain close political cooperation with the United States government. Under the guidance of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy’s political work involves regular high-level coordination and information sharing with the White House, Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Treasury, USAID, and members and staff of Congress. The Political Department also works with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund – both of which are headquartered in Washington — to review ongoing and future cooperation. Political Department staff members closely follow and analyze U.S.-based policy discussions about Afghanistan in both government and non-governmental arenas, including academia, media, think tanks, and the private sector and keep their counterparts in Kabul informed and up-to-date about current thinking and action.
The Economic, Trade and Investment Department (ETID) of the Embassy promotes economic and private sector development in Afghanistan. The ETID’s main focus is to advocate for policy issues important to the Government of Afghanistan before U.S. Government institutions, nongovernmental organizations, the U.S. private sector, and international institutions located in Washington. ETID officials personally assist any company interested in doing business in Afghanistan, meet with universities interested in establishing ties for economic-related training and capacity-building, organize events with think tanks, link non-profit organizations with Afghan partners, and conduct economic policy discussions with representatives of U.S. and foreign governments.
The ETID’s goals include: increasing the transfer of knowledge and technology to Afghanistan; promoting infrastructure development; focusing on sector development, including agriculture, energy, transit, transport, mining, textiles/apparel, artisan crafts and other key industries; supporting programs that build Afghanistan’s financial market; promoting foreign direct investment; improving trade capacity and business development services; providing opportunities for women entrepreneurs; sharing information with the private sector on the legal and regulatory environment; and working with media to highlight the many advantages of doing business with and investing in Afghanistan.
The Social and Cultural Affairs Department of the Embassy believes that an exchange of cultures between the United States and Afghanistan is imperative due to the significance of both nations on the world stage and that such an exchange facilitates a constructive intercultural dialogue. There are many elements of Afghan culture and heritage that many American’s are not aware of. Raising awareness of Afghanistan’s rich history as a cultural crossroad on the great Silk Road is important if the negative perceptions are to change.
The Social and Cultural Affairs Department organizes and facilitates cultural shows, art and handicraft exhibitions, Afghan musical and theater performances and film screenings. It gives regular advice and works closely with American academic and cultural agencies to better expose the American public to Afghan culture and traditions.
The department also engages partners and bolsters support in the areas of education, women’s empowerment, and health by working closely with governmental and nongovernmental entities in both the U.S. and Afghanistan. The department connects relevant individuals and entities and creates opportunities for mutually beneficial relationships that will support these vital aspects of Afghan society.
The Consulate Services Department (CSD) issues:
- Entry permits
- Marriage certificates
- Birth certificates
- Identification certificates
- Inheritance certificates
The CSD is also where to go to extend an Afghan passport, receive help with power of attorney documents if you need to coordinate with U.S. or Afghanistan government agencies, or require help with immigration, criminal and other legal matters.
The Afghan Embassy’s Press and Public Affairs Department responds to all requests from U.S.-based media outlets and journalists seeking information about Afghanistan, its people, and its government. Our staff members work with reporters and editors and producers to ensure they have the latest, most accurate information about the country and timely access to officials, including the Ambassador, for comment on stories. The department maintains a continually updated achievements list of progress made in all areas of Afghanistan’s development – education, women’s rights, the economy and job development, anti-corruption efforts, justice sector reform, infrastructure and much more – which is publicly available upon request.
The Press and Public Affairs Department also facilitates briefings and provides assistance for U.S.-based journalists traveling to Afghanistan on assignment.
In addition, the Embassy’s Press and Public Affairs Department promotes media coverage of Embassy events and U.S. visits by Afghan government officials. Media advisories and press releases alert the press to notable appearances by the Ambassador and visiting dignitaries, as well as significant reform achievements and untold stories of progress. The department also updates the Embassy’s website and issues a monthly newsletter.
The Administrative Department manages Embassy finances, filing, personnel, and logistics. All oversight of financial and human resources has been based on the Embassy of Afghanistan Strategic Plan, Afghanistan’s Administrative laws and the instructions of the Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan. The Administrative Department facilitates the Embassy’s overall day-to-day operations while encouraging and enhancing efficiency within all Embassy Departments. The Department provides administrative, logistical and technical support to all departments in order to ensure productivity and correspondence to GoA policy. The Department routinely corresponds with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to report on financial and administrative operations.