Ahmad Shoaib Habibi, the Economic Counselor of this Embassy met with Mrs. Kristin Lobron, Trade Show Manager and Chief of Party Trade show support (TSS) activity of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on February 12, 2019.

During the meeting, the delegation from the USAID shared their plan for Afghanistan’s developmental projects, emphasizing on USAID’s cooperation with Afghanistan in the framework of the United States policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Both sides discussed the upcoming 3rd exhibition, titled ‘Passage to Prosperity’ which is considering to be held in September this year in New Delhi.

Mr. Habibi suggested for the establishment of Afghanistan business house in India in order to provide better marketing and expedite and export activities for Afghanistan.

The 11th meeting of the Board of Directors of India-Afghanistan Foundation (IAF) was held in Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi on December 24, 2018.

Co-chaired by Mohammad Khairullah Azad, the Charge D Affairs of Embassy of I. R. of Afghanistan in New Delhi and Shri Vinay Kumar, Ambassador of India to Afghanistan, this meeting was attended by Prof. Abdul Ghafoor Lewal, Musa Arafi,  Gautama Mukhopadhaya, Noor Agha Noori, Janesh Kain as well as Vasudev Ravi, Secretary-Kabul Chapter and Hamid Tahzeeb, Secretary-Delhi Chapter.

In the beginning, the members discussed the decisions made in the previous meeting of the BoD held in 2017 and appreciated the outcome of the projects implemented during this year. The co-chairs of the meeting emphasized on the importance and impact of these projects on further strengthening the cultural and people-to-people relations between Afghanistan and India.

At the end, a number of projects which include both cultural and academic activities, suggested by the Delhi Chapter were discussed.

 

 

To invigorate trade and transit route, the Lapis Lazuli project was inaugurated by the Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in Herat on December 13, 2018.  The first shipment of Afghan products including 175 tons of cotton, dried fruit and sesame is exported through the route within the frame of TIR Carnet.

While addressing the inaugural ceremony, President Ghani stated that Lapis Lazuli corridor is an important milestone in creating opportunities for Afghanistan to reaching the global market with array of hope of alternative ways to connect to the regional countries. He also emphasized on the importance of the transit route in boosting exports from Afghanistan.

President Ghani further stated that Lapis Lazuli is derived from the historic trade route which goes back to 2,000 years when Afghanistan’s Lapis Lazuli and other semiprecious stones were exported to the Caucasus, Russia, the Balkans, Europe and North of Africa.

 On the side-lines of Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA- VII), the Lapis Lazuli Agreement was signed in November, 2017 aiming to establish greater connectivity for enhancing trade in the RECCA region. 

The Lapis Lazuli route is a trade and transit cooperation between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The corridor connects the mentioned via road, rail and maritime.  Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) the cost of the project will exceed $2 billion.

 

The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi, with the close cooperation of Indian International Centre (IIC) inaugurated the five day Afghan art exhibition held at IIC on December 11, 2018.

This exhibition witnessed participation of both Afghan and Indian artists and cultural experts including Mr. Mohammad Khairullah Azad, the Charge De Affairs of Embassy of I. R. of Afghanistan and Air Marshal Naresh Verma, IIC Director who officially inaugurated the exhibition by lightening the lamp.

Appreciating IIC for its cooperation in organizing this exhibition, Ajmal Alimzai, the Cultural Attaché of I. R. of Afghanistan in New Delhi spelled down the join Afghan-Indian cultural programs and plans. He emphasized on the importance of such programs in further boosting the cultural relations between the two nations.

The exhibition which will continue till December 15, 2018 is showcasing 80 pieces of paintings made of wheat straws and oil.

 

 

Afghanistan, as the partner country in 38th round of India International Trade Fair (IITF) received the gold trophy over the closing ceremony of this exhibition held at Pragati Maidan on November 27, 2018.

The ceremony was felicitated by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).

Afghanistan has been participating in the IITF since 2005 with an aim to extend its market in India. This year Afghanistan had 48 stalls including 12 stalls of women showcasing dried fruits, saffron, spices, carpets, gems, jewellery and handicrafts.