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Media Advisory: USGS and the Government of Afghanistan to Unveil Non-Fuel Mineral Resource Assessment of Afghanistan
Released: 11/6/2007 11:14:25 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Jessica Robertson 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-6624

Joshua Gross
Phone: 202-483-6410

WASHINGTON, D.C. - You are invited to attend an event co-hosted by The Embassy of Afghanistan and the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce where the U.S. Geological Survey will unveil a 2007 preliminary assessment of non-fuel mineral resources of Afghanistan. The assessment will provide policymakers and potential private investors with valuable new information on the identity, location and quantity of undiscovered non-fuel mineral resources, such as copper, iron ore, colored stones and gemstones.

The USGS was commissioned by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to develop a preliminary assessment of Afghanistan's non-fuel mineral resources. USGS scientists worked cooperatively with the Afghanistan Geological Survey of the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines, between 2004 and 2007, to compile existing information about known mineral deposits and evaluate the possible occurrence of undiscovered deposits of non-fuel mineral resources.


H.E. Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
William H. Werkheiser, Acting Associate Director for Geology, USGS


3rd Annual Meeting of the Afghanistan-American Chamber of Commerce
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave.NW
Washington, D.C. 20004


Tuesday, Nov.13,2007
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Registration is Required: Due to limited space and building security, members of the media must pre-register by contacting Joshua Gross at gross@embassyofafghanistan.org or (202) 483-6410.

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