Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Dr. Sahida Mohammad Abdali paid a visit to Indus Hospital during his three-day tour to Chandigarh on 22 November 2017.

The aim of the meeting was to finalise the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Indian Ministry of Public Health and Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health.  

During the visit, Dr. Abdali met with Head of Indus Hospital Board of Directors, Mr. Navtej and other hospital staff, Dr. Vandana Sharma and Ms. Neelu Ahluwalia.

The MOU focuses on capacity building and hands on experience of nursing staff, specialised nursing in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Nephrology Dialysis, Paediatrics, Observer ship for Medial Doctors in Afghanistan in Fistula making in Dialysis.

The agreement also includes Gold Card for subsidized health check-ups for expats and Afghan Students which provides medical tourism facilities.

On a three-day trip to Punjab, the Afghan Ambassador Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the 11th Economic meeting which was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on November 20, 2017.

Dr. Abdali held a discussion with Mr. Sachin Khanna, Chairman-CII and Mr. Ajay Khanna, Vice Chairman-CII Amritsar Zonal Council on business opportunities in Afghanistan

The discussion covered wide range of issues, covering prospects from the recently launched Salma Dam Project, improved connectivity with the Central Asian market and the significance of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between India and Afghanistan for enhancing trade opportunities between the two nations. CII is partnered with Afghanistan on various developmental projects like mining, agriculture, textile, energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, and others.

Speaking on the occasion, the Afghan Ambassador said that Amritsar will soon become ‘Gateway of Trade to Afghanistan and will soon be connected by air with Afghanistan to facilitate import & export of goods and added: “Afghanistan is very well connected through the rail route with Central Asia and can become a transit point for exports to Central Asia.”

The session emphasized on organising a Joint Task Force with the leading trade organisations in Afghanistan to come out with a roadmap for economic engagement between private sectors of India and Afghanistan.

Dr. Abdali stressed on the historical linkages between India and Afghanistan and how both the nation can mutually benefit through trade opportunities.

The session was accompanied by Economic Counsellor, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi.



Originally published on Economic Times



By Neelapu Shanti 

India’s economic reform agenda such as Make in India, Digital India, Start-up India, Stand-up India, Skill India, and Smart Cities is a constructive and productive initiative in creating trade links and opportunities in the country and across the globe. Keeping in view India’s focus in rebooting trade and commerce, Afghanistan has lot of opportunity to grab from the on-going India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. 

Evidently, this year the participation of afghan traders are doubled with 80 Afghan stalls as compared to 40 stalls last year and more importantly the Afghan women trader’s participation is increased by 18 stalls. This gives a positive ripple of hope in inspiring Afghan women’s economic empowerment role in mainstreaming capacity building for self-reliant and cadre of educated and developed nationality in Afghanistan. 

Afghan Ambassador to India, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali inaugurated the Afghanistan pavilion at the event. Ambassador Abdali expressed his views and emphasized on the importance of such events which further cements trade links on international domain. He also stated that events like IIFT will promote Afghan exports to all over the world. 

Eighty stalls of Afghanistan pavilions are scintillating with the dry fruits, saffron, Afghan rugs, jewelleries as well as gems. Afghanistan’s dry fruits are acclaimed for its high quality and much in demand in India and attracts buyer from other countries as well. The quintessential Afghan carpets showcase the most exotic and distinctive designs of Afghanistan’s tradition. 

The fine Afghan jewelry collection are vibrant at the stalls and spells out a paradigm shift where women hold a prominent place to alter attitudes in the path of progress and development of their country. 

Afghanistan’s economic progress is one of the key for development and the role of regional countries will play an important factor including India. Afghanistan expects India’s impressive stand in assisting in economic and humanitarian development as India and Afghanistan shares historical ties since decades. India’s contribution in rebuilding Afghanistan is immensely appreciated and acknowledged by the Afghans. 

The India International Fair are participated by 3,000 exhibitors including 222 foreign companies, domestic firms, public sector units. IITF is an annual mega trade event which is organized by India Trade Promotion Organization to assist traders from different countries in order to expand trade links across the globe. 


Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali along with Khan Jan Alkozai, Deputy Head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chaired a session reviewing the Afghan exhibition at India International Trade Fair-2017 at Balkh hall, Embassy of Afghanistan-New Delhi on 16th Nov, 2017.

The session was participated by more than 20 representatives from different Afghan business entities and companies who had exhibited their products at the fair.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed the traders to the Embassy and noted upon the great work done at the exhibition. Dr. Abdali appreciated the trader’s efforts in making this exhibition a success at the IITF.

Speaking about the value of going onto international platforms, the Afghan Ambassador stated: “We are happy that through such exhibitions, we are able to further boost our trade links with other countries.”

The meeting concluded with traders sharing the challenges they were faced with during the exhibition. The traders conveyed suggestions too in order to bring improvements in the next year’s pavilion at the IITF.



Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali inaugurated Afghanistan’s exhibition pavilion at India International Trade Fair (IITF) held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 14th November 2017.

The on-going 37th round of IITF will continue till 27th November 2017.  The exhibition brought more than 80 Afghan companies in New Delhi, showcasing various Afghan products such as dry fruits, saffron, Afghan rugs, jewelries as well as gems.

The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Afghan Ambassador at the Afghanistan Pavilion.  Ambassador Abdali, emphasized on the importance of such events which further cements trade links on international domain.

 “It promotes Afghan exports to all over the world”, he added.

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) coordinated with Afghan traders to participate in the on-going IITF in New Delhi which aims at promoting Afghanistan at an International platform in order to attract buyers from different countries including India.

Themed “Startup India: Stand up India”, the India International Trade Fair saw participation of 22 countries and 3000 national and international companies.  IITF is an annual mega trade event which is organized by India Trade Promotion Organization to assist traders from different countries in order to expand trade links across the globe.