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.

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