October 9, 2017: As per an agreement between Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan (MoCI) and The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, the five day training course for the MoCI officials was inaugurated by Kamela Sediqi, Deputy Minister-MoCI, Mirwais Balkhi, Deputy Chief of Mission-Embassy of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi, Economic Counselor, Embassy of Afghanistan and Rita A. Teaotia, Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India (MoCII) in New Delhi.

The Afghan Deputy Minister of CI, during her address highlighted the significance of the training program for Afghan government officials in enhancing capacity building in trade and industry and said that, “It will certainly add extra effect on Afghanistan’s economic growth.” 

Mirwais Balkhi, DCM also delivered a speech stating that the ongoing training programme will develop skills and capabilities in promoting exports, making business decisions and policies, understanding the nitty-gritties of World Trade Centre agreements, transit and investment related issues.

Talking about the Indian government’s support to building capacities of Afghan government employees, Rita A. Teaotia stated that MoCII is currently working on the plan for training government officials in field of trade and business in order to contribute in economic growth of Afghanistan.

The 4.5 million Euro project aims to build the capacities of the Afghan government officials which is funded by European Union for a duration of three years. This project focuses at training the Afghan officials in trade and business domain which is implemented by Indian Institute of Foreign in close cooperation with Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India.

Mirwais Balkhi, the Deputy Chief of Mission-Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with V.V. Maheshwar Rao, Telugu Film Director and Cinematographer and General Director of the International Film Festival in his office on October 7, 2017.

The Afghan DCM spoke about the cultural commonalities between India and Afghanistan and added: “Today, in spite of knowing about Bollywood, the Afghan people cognizes Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada industries too.”

DCM Balkhi also noted upon the rich Indian art and cinema and solicited the Indian film industry for cooperation in enhancing the quality of films produced by Afghan Film and other private companies.

During the meeting, the Indian Film Director assured the Afghan DCM to exhibit short Afghan movies over the Indian film festivals which are due to be held from November to December 2017 in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Jaipur.

The Indian Filmmaker expressed interest in organizing joint Indo-Afghan film festivals in Kabul and other cities of Afghanistan and solicited Afghan Film and other private film productions to cooperation in this regard.

 

 

Ahmad Shoaib Habibi, the Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Gautam Gosh, Director, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) and Saurabh Mittal, Assistant Director-FICCI on October 5, 2017 to discuss the second edition of India Product Show (IPS).

The three-day show scheduled on November 15-17, 2017 in Kabul will be organized by FICCI, Ministry of Commerce and Industries-Government of India, Embassy of India in Kabul and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) with the close cooperation of the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi.

The exhibition aims at creating business avenues for India and Afghanistan by bringing together traders and business entities from both the nations to enhance trade relations.

The mega event will witness participation of fifty Indian traders. The exhibition will create a lot of business opportunities for India and Afghanistan and further strengthen economic ties.

It is worth mentioning that the first edition of the IPS was held on 2-3 November 2014 in Kabul by Embassy of India to Kabul which comprised 50 stalls from both countries.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan met with Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India on 28 September, 2017. 

The President of India welcomed the Afghan Chief Executive and his accompanying delegation to India and stated that Afghanistan is not only a strategic partner of India but holds a significant place in our hearts’.

President Kovind also stated Indo-Afghan relations especially, the economic ties are of immense importance for India and the trade show “Passage to Prosperity” is a step ahead to further boost the embedded relation between the two nations.

Appreciating the warm welcome by the Indian government and people, the Afghan Chief Executive termed India as one of the trusted strategic partners who has stood for Afghanistan in different phases of history and never hesitated in providing assistance to Afghanistan and its people.

Referring to the developmental projects such as India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam (Salma) and construction of building for National Council of Afghanistan, the Afghan Chief Executive emphasized on the continuation of cooperation between the two nations and included that the ‘Passage to Prosperity’ Trade Exhibition and conference is another step towards strengthening the economic ties and boosting investment and trade between both the nations.

 

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan met with Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister on 29 September, 2017 in New Delhi.

The Prime Minster of Indi welcomed the Afghan CE and his accompanying delegation to India and spoke about the friendly relationship between India and Afghanistan. While referring to his last trip to Afghanistan, the Indian PM stated that it has further cemented and created an emotional bonding with the Afghan people.

Thanking Indian Government’s hospitality, the Afghan CE extended gratitude and appreciated India’s humanitarian assistance especially PM Modi’s support.

Highlighting the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, Dr. Abdullah stated that this strategy will have positive implications and create avenues to tackle terrorism and bring peace and security in the region.

The Afghan CE thanked India for hosting the “Passage to Prosperity” exhibition and solicited the Indian PM to create more business opportunities for Afghan traders in India and facilitate Indian Businesses to invest in Afghanistan.

During this meeting, the Indian PM assured of continued Indian assistance to Afghanistan in different areas and India will also be cooperating with Afghanistan in building capacities, trade and investment.

PM Modi assured Indian government’s full support to the Afghan traders and solicited his government to further cooperate with the Afghan business entities. He also hoped that the soon to be operationalized Chabahar Port would solve the transit difficulties between Indian and Afghanistan and with other regional countries.