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In charge of the Economic Section of the Embassy, Ghulam Rabani Nezrabi spoke at the Independent Power Producers Association of India (APPAI)’s 7th year Summit themed “Asia-Middle East Energy Security” held at Karnataka, India from 22nd to 24th February, 2017.

His remarks were mainly centered around Chabahar Port and its importance and impacts on trade and energy security in terms of supply in the region.  On the importance of Chabahar Port to Afghanistan Mr. Nezrabi noted that Chabahar being the closest port to Afghanistan is more economical and viable than any other sea ports in the region including ports of Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan and port of Bandar Abbas in Iran which are currently being used by Afghanistan as transit routes, added that once Chabahar Port is fully operational will boost trade and play important role in energy supply and as a result all the countries in the region will reap the benefits.

Mr. Nezrabi thanked and appreciated the support of countries in the region especially India for helping Afghanistan under various regional mechanisms towards achieving its economic objectives and said “Over the last 16 years, Afghanistan has taken big steps towards economic growth,”

The APPAI summit is a track II Diplomacy initiative that aims to bring policymakers and thought leaders from across the Middle East and Asia to discuss and debate issues and challenges in the context of energy, security, and security of energy infrastructures, geopolitics of energy and their impact on the region. 

 

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