Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of to India met with the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) delegates at the Embassy on May 14, 2018.

The delegation was led Greg Huger, Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA).

During the meeting, the delegation from the USAID shared their plan for Afghanistan’s developmental projects, emphasizing on USAID’s cooperation with Afghanistan in the framework of the United States policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Both sides discussed the upcoming 2nd exhibition, titled ‘Passage to Prosperity’ too which is due to be held in September this year in Mumbai city.

The delegation from the USAID briefed the Afghan Ambassador about the recent project of USAID by establishing one-stop shop for customs clearance which was an outcome of 13th Annual US-Afghanistan business matchmaking conference held in Washington DC in April, 2018 in which an agreement was signed between Afghanistan’s Aviation department and USAID for the processing of the products at the Afghanistan airports starting from Kabul, Herat, Kandahar and Mazar-e Sharif.

The one-stop shop for customs clearance was inaugurated at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport this month for strengthening the exports of Afghanistan and encouraging domestic production.

While discussing further growth for Afghan businesses, Dr. Abdali proposed ‘Afghanistan Product Zone’ to be established in India in order to provide better market and expedite the export activities from Afghanistan. Moreover, he suggested a joint chambers of cooperation between Afghanistan, United States and India for creating effective economic viability among the three as well as in the region.

The Afghan Ambassador added: “India is supportive and has the potential to assist Afghanistan. USAID’s projects in collaboration with India will bring forth significant achievements in development of Afghanistan”.

The discussion held between the Afghan Ambassador and delegates from USAID was fruitful towards creating more economic opportunities as well as strengthening the trilateral cooperation between the US-Afghanistan and India.

The interaction also highlighted on timely meetings for getting updates and necessary actions for expediting the projects on Afghanistan and continued exhibitions like ‘Passage to Prosperity for future benefits and mutual understandings.

 

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