January 17, 2015

H.E. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended a conference titled “Partnership for Shared New Realities” which took place on January 15 -17, 2015 in Jaipur.

The meeting is held annually to discuss ways of further enabling India’s economy; constructive utility of economic growth opportunities inside and outside the country; areas of cooperation among investors; educational institutions, media sectors, think tanks, and policy makers.

The event was attended by national and international high ranking officials including the Macedonian Prime Minister H.E. Nikola Gruevski, Indian Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu, Rajasthan Chief Minister SMt. Vasundra Raje, Rajasthan State Minister of Industries Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar Rajasthan Staten Minister of Commerce Smt. Nirmila Sitharaman, CII Chairman Shri Sumit Mazumder, representatives of WTO and representatives of ADB, as well as Ambassadors and High Commissioners of over 50 countries in the world.

Speakers at this event focused on different issues in the context, including security, poverty reduction, climate changes, energy water purification, smart cities, tourism, enhanced cooperation between private and public sectors, Mandate of Doha Agenda Development Agenda, SAARC mandates, and the importance of integrated SAFTA and NAFTA.

Ambassador Abdali made remarks in a session on the second day of the event titled “Revitalizing South Asia Economic Cooperation: the Options in the Midst of Prevailing Constraints.”

The Afghan Ambassador recalled the opportunities brought about by the end of the cold war to many countries in the world while Afghanistan remained abandoned by the international community until the responsive intervention after the 9/11 tragedy.

Noting that the post-cold war era is characterized by ‘fast-shrinking world’, Ambassador Abdali regretted the zero-sum game still played by some state actors.

The Afghan Ambassador highlighted the enormous potential possessed in South Asia giving examples of resources, civilization, and youth population maintaining that the region is still least connected.

Ambassador Abdali thanked the Indian government for its sincere cooperation over the past 13 years. He underlined the achievements of Afghan Embassy in New Delhi including the signing of several bilateral documents, interaction with Indian traders and investors to encourage them to engage in the opportunities available in Afghanistan.