H.E. Shaida Mohammad Abdali addressed an economic conference in Amritsar on August 27, 2015.

Accompanied by the embassy’s Economic Counselor Mr. Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi the Afghan Ambassador attended a conference jointly organized by the economic section of the Afghan mission in New Delhi and FIEO in Amritsar.


Participants of the event included representatives from 65 Punjab-based companies engaged in various sectors.

Expressing pleasure over the visit to the cultural, historical and commercial city of Amritsar, the Afghan Ambassador briefly talked about the Indo- Afghan historical relations focusing on the two countries’ bilateral trade.

Ambassador Abdali informed the participants of the visits he previously had to other Indian states where he interacted with business delegates about the investment opportunities in Afghanistan.  He added that the Afghan mission in New Delhi has been making the necessary effort to further enhance and diversify bilateral trade and investment that has a long history between the two countries.

Ambassador Abdali also informed the business delegates on the mission’s close pursuance with the Afghan government to reestablish the office of Commercial Attache in Amritsar which existed many years ago.

The Afghan Ambassador briefed the participants on the socio-economic and security situations in Afghanistan, highlighting Afghanistan’s keenness in serving as a land-bridge to connect the “least connected region.

Ambassador Abdali encouraged the participants to engage in the ‘enormous opportunities’ available in various sectors listing out the areas offered for investment.  He also informed them of the favourable environment for investment including the one-stop- shop registration service for companies. 

The Ambassador’s remarks were followed by an interaction whereby the participants raised some questions and shared some recommendations.    

Later that the Afghan Ambassador visited to Wagah – Attari Border where he met with the Principal Commissioner Mr. Sunil Kumar.

The custom’s managing team delivered a presentation about the facilities including the Integrated Check Post constructed in the premises.

Mr. Kumar briefed the Afghan Ambassador of Atari Custom’s practices with regard to the imported Afghan goods, assuring him of their commitment to further facilitate bilateral trade between the two countries.

The two sides discussed and exchanged views on issues related to the bilateral trade between Afghanistan and India.

Both sides expressed hope for increased trade volume between the two countries.

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