To propel prospects in World Trade Organization (WTO), Afghanistan took part in the Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting held from 19- 20 March, 2018 in New Delhi.

The two-day meeting was called by India to discuss the possibilities for inclusive growth in trading system which can be benefitted mutually across the region leading to economic growth.

The aim of the meeting highlighted the pressing challenges in the multilateral trading system. The discussion was attended by delegates of more than 52 countries including Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Minister of Commerce and Industries, H.E. Humayoon Rasaw took part in the two-day meeting. The Afghan Minister extended his warmly gratitude to India for conducting such a fruitful discussion. During his speech the Minister expressed his views and aspirations of Afghanistan to be the member of WTO in order to achieve economic goals. He further discussed about globally inclusive and transformative agenda 2030 for sustainable development.

With an optimistic approach Afghanistan has ratified Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on 29 July, 2017 becoming the 90th WTO member and the 9th Least Developed Country (LDC) to ratify the agreement. Afghanistan firmly believes that the rules set in the TFA agreement addresses the trade facilitation challenges.

Very importantly, Afghanistan has also structured a framework for the post accession strategy to utilize WTO membership through pro-active participation in the sessions and fulfillment of Afghanistan’s commitments. In order to overcome the challenges of being LDC, Afghanistan aspires to witness the full implementation of LDC’s ministerial declarations, special and differential treatment provisions, implementation of Duty Free Quota Free (DFQF) schemes. It is therefore very important for LDC’s to achieve their development goals and increase their share in the global trading system.

India spelt its commitment for the multilateral trading system that covers inclusiveness and consensus and emphasized on seeking collective responsibility for constructive framework to address the challenges in order to achieve the sustainable development goals.

The Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting was also attended by Economic Counsellor Ahmad Shoaib Habibi and Second Secretary Ziaulhaq Akhondzada from the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, New Delhi.

Adam Krakowski, the Ambassador-Designate to India and non-resident Ambassador to Afghanistan paid a courtesy call on Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the latter’s office on March 14, 2018.

Both the envoys exchanged views on bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Poland and discussed ways to further strengthen relations of the two nations.

Thanking his counterpart for the courtesy call, Dr. Abdali congratulated the Polish Ambassador on his new tenure.

The Polish Ambassador-Designate solicited the Embassy of Afghanistan to cooperate in the process of presenting his credentials to the President of Afghanistan.

At the response, the Afghan Ambassador briefed his counterpart about the developments made on the same and informed him of the ceremony to be held next week.

The Afghan Ambassador wished the Polish Ambassador best of luck and both sides agreed on mutual cooperation in order to further boost the relations between the two nations.

 

 

As a chief guest, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India attended an event titled “Creating Employment & Entrepreneurial Opportunities through Professional and Technical Education” conference, organized by Shimla University at Himachal Pradesh on March 10, 2018.

In the opening remarks of the conference, the Afghan Ambassador highlighted Afghanistan’s role in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and spoke about the latest developments and updates in regards to Chabahar Port, TAPI, CASA1000 and Lapis Lazuli Projects.

 While addressing the current challenges in South Asian region, Dr. Abdali spoke on how education can bring forth capacities in the SAARC region that will help in addressing the most pressing needs and tackling the unemployment situation in the SAARC region.

Dr. Abdali briefed the participants about the current status of Afghanistan in providing technical and professional education to Afghan youth and India’s contribution in building capacities of Afghan youth.

Talking about ways to address the unemployment challenges in South Asian region, Dr. Abdali stressed over the importance of taking strides in promoting quality education and following appropriate education policies. Afghan Ambassador took growth and development as essential tool in creating better job opportunities.

Dr. Abdali during his speech, emphasized on the need to create opportunities in South Asia through creating knowledge economy, addressing technology gap, creating educational systems which are responsive to challenges, promoting basic education as well as organizing vocational trainings in partnership with Private sector.

The Afghan Ambassador also noted upon improving labour laws accompanied by improved social protection for labours while creating jobs.

 The participants of the conference included Prof. Tirth Kumar Kanahiya, Vice Chancellor, Tribhuvan University-Nepal, Dr. Arun Sharma, Secretary Education-Government of Himachal Pradesh, Bharat Kumar Regmi, Charge de Affairs- Embassy of Nepal, Ashwani Kumar, Chancellor APG-Shimla University, ambassadors and diplomats from the African countries and South Asian as well as state government officials from North-East India such as Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India paid a visit to Himachal Pradesh University-Shimla on March 9, 2018. He met with Prof RS Chauhan, Vice Chancellor and Afghan students studying in this university.

During his meeting with Prof. RS Chauhan, Afghan Ambassador appreciated Himachal University’s efforts to build capacities of young Afghan students and creating hope that they will contribute for the development of their country in future.

Dr. Abdali proposed for establishing cooperation in education between Himachal Pradesh University and universities of Afghanistan

Dr. Abdali met with the Afghan students studying in the University and encouraged them to utilize this opportunity given to them and added that Afghanistan needs young generation’s expertise in every field.

After addressing the challenges of the students, the Afghan Ambassador presented certificates of appreciation who had scored the highest marks.

It is worth mentioning that 50 Afghans, who are Afghan government employees, are pursuing higher education in Himachal Pradesh University-Shimla through ICCR scholarships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India called upon Jairam Thakur, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh at the latter’s office on March 9, 2018.

At the outset, the duo exchanged views about the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and India in various areas of cooperation.

Dr Abdali also congratulated the newly elected Chief Minister Shri Jairam Thakur as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on further strengthening ties between Himachal Pradesh and Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali proposed establishment of a sister city between Himachal Pradesh and Panjshair province of Afghanistan. The idea was acknowledged and welcomed by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and sought to follow up through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Afghanistan in order to finalise a memorandum of understanding about the same.

To further boost the cultural relations between Afghanistan and Himachal Pradesh, the duo also agreed upon organizing a joint food festival.