Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in India met with Vijay Keshav Ghokale, the Foreign Secretary of India on September 17, 2018 in New Delhi.

During the meeting, the duo exchanged views about bilateral ties between Afghanistan and India and discussed ways on how to further strengthen these ties.

The Afghan Ambassador spoke about the upcoming Partnership Council meeting under the SPA, which will be held in Kabul later this year.

Both the sides also discussed the ongoing challenges Afghanistan and the region are faced with - terrorism in particular and emphasized on ways to deal with.

Aiming to connect Afghan traders with International markets especially India, ‘Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show launched in Mumbai on September 12, 2018. The event was inaugurated by CEO of Afghanistan Dr. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. The event was graced by Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Afghanistan Ambassador to India, more than 200 government officials and business representatives from Afghanistan, International traders including India.

 Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID in collaboration with the Government of India and the Government of Afghanistan organized the second annual Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show.  The four day event is focused to strengthen economic and commercial ties of Afghanistan with International markets for prosperous Afghanistan.  The show hopes to explore Afghanistan’s partnership in international markets for the prosperous Afghanistan which has phenomenal resource for development.

 During the launching ceremony the honourable speakers and dignitaries emphasized on USAID’S efforts and Government of India’s support to organize such show which creates business avenues for Afghanistan.  India holds a special place in the hearts of the Afghans as stated by the speakers. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between TATA Power and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat during the course of the event to enable Afghanistan in power generation. The MoU on power and energy between Afghanistan and India mainly focusing on implementation and monitoring of power projects, seamless energy supply, waste reduction, better fund raising, capacity building and project Management.

 Spice Jet airways signed a MoU with Afghanistan to provide air freight and passenger flight services starting from Kabul connecting with all Indian cities.  To enhance business cooperation a MoU was signed between Afghan Chamber of Commerce and IMC. Adding to the power sector, a MoU to supply 50 MW electricity was signed between Sheberghan Natural Gas and Ghazanfar Group which is a leading entity in supplying power to Afghan government for over twenty years.

‘Passage to Prosperity’ event is showcasing sectors like Afghan luxury goods, agriculture, energy, health and education, mining and heavy Industry. The event will conclude by 15 September, 2018. 

Afghan Ambassador to India, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the press launch of Second Annual Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade Show in Mumbai on 30 August, 2018.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with, the Government of India, and the Government of Afghanistan will be organizing the second annual “Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show”.  The event will take place at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar Hotel from September 12-15, 2018. 

Speaking at the press launch, Dr. Abdali stressed on, “With USAID support, Afghanistan has been able to re-establish trade and export systems. Air cargo for Afghan exports is a speedy and cost-effective method in comparison to the road transport. By 2020, bilateral trade is expected to reach more than $2 billion between India and Afghanistan. Passage to Prosperity will help develop economic ties between Afghanistan and international markets, and further advance trade integration.”

The four-day exhibition is expected to bring together more than 600 traders from Afghanistan, India and other countries. Afghanistan businesses will showcase finest textiles, carpets, gems, and jewelry. In the first phase of ‘Passage to Prosperity’ exhibition more than $27 million in contracts were signed between Indian buyers and Afghan vendors in 2017.

‘Passage to Prosperity’ will create opportunities for buyers to connect with Afghan exporters, explore business relationships and establishing competitive edge in growing markets across the region.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India inaugurated the training for the second batch of Afghan Officers at Centre for WTO Studies on 27 August, 2018 in New Delhi.

While addressing the Afghan officials, Dr. Abdali stated that Afghanistan has undergone several training programmes pre-accession to WTO which turns out to be beneficial in understanding the nitty-gritty of the trade regulations. 

The Afghan Ambassador, during his speech, focused on Afghanistan’s commitments post accession to WTO and developments taken thereafter and motivated the Afghan Officials to seek training that will bring productive endeavors in trade regulations.

It is worth mentioning that the ceremony was also attended by Mir Sayed Saeedy, DG for International Trade, Government of Afghanistan, Shri Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary, Government of India, Prof. Abhijit Das, Head Centre for WTO Studies, Dr. Manoj Pant, Director, IIFT, Professor Mukesh Bhatnagar, Centre for WTO Studies.

Funded by European Union the Centre for WTO Studies and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is providing trade capacity building programme for Afghan Government Officials in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Afghanistan under a project of International Trade Centre (ITC) Geneva. The training programme for the first batch of 20 Afghanistan Officials was successfully conducted which comprised an inductor training programme followed by advanced training programmes. The training programme for the second batch of the officers started from 27-31 August, 2018. 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi delivered a lecture on “Peace and Stability in Afghanistan-reality or illusion” to the senior military officers at the National Defense college in New Delhi on August 21, 2018.

The lecture was attended by officers from 24 countries around the world, including Afghanistan.

The Afghan Ambassador incepted his speech on the initiatives taken by the government of Afghanistan such as Kabul Process, Istanbul Process: Heart of Asia including plans designed within the framework of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and added: “The government of Afghanistan will withhold no efforts in order to bring peace and stability to the country,”

Referring to the Afghan owned peace process with the armed groups, Dr. Abdali stated that the government of Afghanistan announced ceasefire in order to express its readiness for the process as well as to facilitate the opportunity for the peace talks.

Terming terrorism as a threat to peace and stability of the entire region and the world, the Afghan Ambassador said: “There is a need of a global and regional consensus in order to fight terrorism without separating them within good or bad groups,”

Lauding India’s role in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, Ambassador Abdali said: “Afghan people are grateful for the assistance and cooperation of India which has always been in accordance to the priorities of the Afghan government,”

The program was followed by a Q&A session where Dr. Abdali addressed the questions raised by participants.

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