The first joint cooperation of India-China; the training program for the Afghan diplomats was launched in the presence of Mohammad Khairullah Azad, the Charge De Affairs of Embassy of I. R. of Afghanistan in New Delhi on Oct 15, 2018.

Held at Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the first batch of 10 diplomats from Afghanistan began this training.

H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani in his message which was delivered by Mr. Azad extended his gratitude to governments of China and India for assisting Afghanistan in building capacities of the Afghan diplomats and added: “We believe that Afghanistan is a good venue for creating an atmosphere of common understanding and shaping environment for bilateral and multilateral cooperation and this joint program of India-China for Afghan diplomats can be a good example to the regional cooperation,”

Lauding India’s role in building overall capacities in Afghanistan, the message of H.E. Rabbani said that the cooperation of India has been the most fundamental one for rebuilding Afghanistan.

The initiative of joint India-China training program for Afghan diplomats was part of an understanding reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April 2018.

These diplomats will be in Delhi till October 26 before going to China for further training.

 

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) announced Afghanistan to be a partner country during an event held on Sept 9, 2018 in Delhi.

The three-day event is being participated by delegates from Afghanistan led by Mohammad Gul Khulmi, the Acting Minister of Water and Energy, Afghanistan and over 600 global industry leaders as well as 10,000 delegates.

During the event, Minister Khulmi extended appreciation to the Government of India in supporting Afghanistan and assured for greater collaboration with ISA to enhance the energy sector.

Aiming to build capacities in promoting solar energy, ISA has 44 member countries and 10 countries became the member during the conference.

This announcement sets great opportunity for Afghanistan to collaborate with India to achieve its goal in the renewable energy sector.  Afghanistan becoming partner country in ISA has raised hope to accommodate the rising power demands of the people of the country. India is taking lead in the second edition of India’s flagship renewable energy event Re-Invest and the second Indian Ocean Rim Association Renewable Energy. 

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and former President of France Francois Hollande launched the ISA programme in 2016. The ISA module works on alliance countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn with abundant sunshine throughout the year. ISA will conclude by 5 October, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

In an impressive development Kabul to Kolkata air cargo flight started its first operation on 27 September, 2018. The first air cargo service between Kabul to Kolkata was flagged off at Hamid Karzai International Airport-Kabul by Eng.Nasir Ahmad Durani, Minister of Agriclture, Irrigation and Livestock, Afghanistan and Khan Jan Alkozai, the Deputy Chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI).

The air cargo is flying by Spice Jet, based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Afghanistan and India in the recently concluded exhibition titled ‘Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show’ in Mumbai this month. The air cargo from Kabul to Kolkata will be freighting 2.7 tons fresh fruits. 

The implementation of the first air freight initiative between Afghanistan and India in 2017 has given major impetus to increase its footprint to other countries namely; Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Dubai.

Today the first flight of Kabul-Europe air cargo initiated through Turkish airline carrying 20 tons of goods to export 8.5 tons to Italy and 12 tons of wool to Finland.

Focusing in on the economic improvement of Afghanistan, the air corridor programme has set progressive benchmark in a span of more than one year. The air corridor programme has certainly produced positive development results which have broadened its horizon internationally.

It is also important to understand Afghanistan’s initiative to attain peace and stability but it is essential to know the positive outcome that has been achieved through economic development initiatives like the air freight programme which is an indispensable and pertinent factor for the country’s growth.

Afghanistan participated in the “SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council Bazaar” international exhibition for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members held on September 19, 2018 in New Delhi.

The  two-day exhibition was  organized by FLO-Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and supported by Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) was inaugurated by the officials and business entities of SAARC members, including Afghanistan.

This exhibition was aimed at promoting  women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region by bringing them together under one roof and providing an attractive platform to showcase products.

 The women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan showcased handicrafts, carpets, saffron, dry fruits and traditional outfits in four stalls.

Other countries participated in this exhibition which had displayed their products included Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India.

It is worth mentioning that Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Afghanistan are members to SCWEC since its establishment on March 29, 2001. SCWEC aims at developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region.

 

Afghanistan participated in the 9th meeting of Regional Technical Group on Trade, Commerce and Investment CBM of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process held in New Delhi on September 20, 2018.

The ninth meeting of the Regional Technical Group of Confidence Building Measure on Trade, Commerce & Investment Opportunities under the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process was hosted by India, as the Lead Country in New Delhi.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Acting Director General, Economic Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Hassan Soroosh, and Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Dr. Deepak Mittal, and attended by representatives from 19 participating countries and supporting international organizations, including Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Australia, Egypt, Germany, the UK, the US, the EU and the UN.

The meeting aimed at highlighting the initiatives and activities to be taken under the Trade, Commerce and Industry (TCI) - Confidence Building Measures (CBM). It was an attempt to engage participating countries to solicit their support to render the process a more regional character and build consensus.

The Afghan representatives emphasized on to take concrete steps by India to develop a web portal supported by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for exchanging information on regional markets, trade and investment opportunities; and facilitating networking between businesses for the participating countries. He also proposed to link the web portal with Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA).