H.E. Shaida Mohammad Abadli spoke at an interactive seminar titled “Seminar on Trade and Investment Opportunities with SAARC Countries” at Federation of Indian Export Organization on January 13th, 2016.

The seminar was organized by FIEO in coordination with the economic section of the Afghan embassy and other missions from SAARC countries in New Delhi. High commissioners of Nepal, Maldives and Pakistan, Business delegates and Indian government officials participated in the seminar.

In his remarks, Ambassador Abdali, underlined the achievements of SAARC as a regional organization and said that the region has a great potential for economic growth. However, he noted that there are still challenges that hinder the smooth trade among the SAARC countries. His remarks also focused on business opportunities within Afghanistan, and the role Afghanistan plays in regional economic integration.

Speaking on the regional integration, Ambassador Abdali described South Asia as “the least connected” region in the world comparing it with other similar organizations. To boost the regional economic integration the countries in the region should move from “independence to inter-independence” Said, Ambassador Abadli.  Similarly, he pointed out that to expand the volume of trade amongst the member countries and to capitalize on immense economic opportunities within the region, it is imperative that the countries put the pending declarations and agreements in practice and do away with the out-dated and inefficient procedures at the border.  

Underscoring the role of Afghanistan in regional economic integration and the business opportunities in the country, Dr. Abdali said that Afghanistan not only serves as a “connector” in the region but also possess abundant natural resources which offer great investment opportunities. He also informed the participants of the policies Afghan government adopted to ease doing business with Afghanistan.

The seminar was followed by a Q&A session where Dr. Abadli addressed the questions and concerns raised by the participants.

 

 

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