Minister's Biography

Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, who has obtained his PhD in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa Canada, his MA from Queen’s University in Kingston Canada and his BA (Honors) from University of Winnipeg Canada, has been the Minister of Finance since March 2009 and Chief Economic Advisor to the President since July 2008. Prior to that he served as the Acting Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation from November 2008 to February 2009 and the President  & CEO of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) since August 2005 to February 2009. Prior to his return to Afghanistan, Dr. Zakhilwal served as a Senior Research Economist at Statistics Canada and taught economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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