A successful telecommunications entrepreneur in his native Afghanistan, as well as in the United States, Dr. Ehsan Bayat currently heads Florida-based Telephone Systems International. In an effort to improve communications across Afghanistan, Dr. Ehsan Bayat spearheaded a partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Communications to create Afghan Wireless Communication Company in 2002. Under Dr. Bayat’s stewardship, Afghan Wireless has become one of the largest cellular phone and Internet providers in the country with over 3 million subscribers.
Three years after launching Afghan Wireless, Dr. Ehsan Bayat founded Ariana Radio and Television Network. Established to share news and information about Afghanistan’s progress after the fall of the Taliban with people across the country, the Ariana Radio and Television Network is the largest television and radio station in the country. Committed to fostering education and increasing understanding for as many people as possible, Mr. Bayat pioneered the idea of broadcasting news in three different languages: Dari, Pashtu, and English. Today, at least a quarter of Ariana Radio and Television is dedicated to education-based programming focusing on topics such as computer and language training, health advice, and business skills.
Dr. Bayat’s commitment to helping the people of Afghanistan extends far beyond his professional endeavors. As head of the NGO Bayat Foundation, he participates in a number of programs designed to assist people in need. Mr. Bayat’s efforts have resulted in various awards, including the 2010 Mahatma Ghandi Humanitarian Award from the Friends of the South Asian American Communities and the 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Canada-Afghanistan Business Council.
- Why Afghanistan Needs New Economic Support for Development
After years of war, Afghanistan’s economic development has been slow. As the country struggled with conflict, the economy floundered. This forced some citizens to flee the nation for safer, more financially stable living conditions, leaving behind many who were struggling.
The last few years have offered significant growth in the economic progress of Afghanistan. Business is slowly starting to return, and people are looking to find stable work in the formerly war-torn nation. Understanding the current climate of enterprise within the country will assist those interested in finding ways to help Afghan communities.
- How Does ACKU Empower the People of Afghanistan?
Conceived by the anthropologist Louis Dupree as a central archive for the preservation of documents chronicling Afghanistan’s modern history, The Afghanistan Center at Kabul University (ACKU) was established in 1989. ACKU was initially located in Peshawar, Pakistan, and known as the ACBAR Resource and Information Center, until its move to a temporary space within the main library at Kabul University in 2005.
Directed by Professor Dupree’s widow and renowned scholar of Afghan culture and history, Nancy Hatch Dupree, ACKU remains on the Kabul University campus in an independent facility that was completed
- GERES Creates Energy-Efficient Solutions for Afghanistan
Actively involved in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since 2002, the French non-governmental organization GERES (Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy, and Solidarity) aims to protect natural resources and minimize the impact of climate change by providing sustainable energy solutions that diminish fuel poverty and improve living conditions for people in Afghanistan. GERES was founded in 1976 in response to the first oil crisis, and since that time, its teams have worked in over 30 countries on projects related to energy use, agricultural production, and sustainability.
Headquartered in Aubagne, France, GERES