Afghanistan as the Partner Country and Nepal as the Focus Country, the 38th round of India International Trade Fair (IITF) was inaugurated in the presence of Indian and Afghan government officials in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on November 14, 2018.

The event was inaugurated by Shri Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture &MoS for Environment, Forest and Climate Change-India and Shri C.R. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.

During his opening remarks at the event, Shri Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the IITF will provide a platform for all kind of businesses to showcase their excellence and a wide spectrum of services to trade, industry and common men.

On behalf of Afghanistan Mohammad Khairullah Azad, chargé d'affaires of Embassy of I. R. of Afghanistan delivered a speech. He lauded leadership of the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) for their diligent efforts in organizing the exhibition and said that it serves as a platform for the participating countries to stimulate their exports. He also appreciated the Governmentof Afghanistan and India for similar initiatives which have caused an extreme boost in bilateral trade relations between the two nations in the recent years.

Referring to Afghanistan’s participation in IITF, the Afghan Charge De Affair noted upon the products of Afghanistan showcased in the Afghan pavilion too.

Later on, the Afghan chargé d'affaires along with Khan Jan Alkozay, the Deputy Chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) inaugurated the Afghan exhibition pavilion in this exhibition.

This year Afghanistan is exhibiting products such as gemstones, marble, jewelries, handicraft, carpets, dry fruits as well as saffron.

Participation of Afghanistan in 37th round of the IITF created opportunities in extending business horizons to other regions of the world and therefore, took the lead to win the silver medal for ‘Excellence in Display’. The extravaganza event will conclude by 27 November, 2018.

The first joint cooperation of India-China; the training program for the Afghan diplomats was launched in the presence of Mohammad Khairullah Azad, the Charge De Affairs of Embassy of I. R. of Afghanistan in New Delhi on Oct 15, 2018.

Held at Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the first batch of 10 diplomats from Afghanistan began this training.

H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani in his message which was delivered by Mr. Azad extended his gratitude to governments of China and India for assisting Afghanistan in building capacities of the Afghan diplomats and added: “We believe that Afghanistan is a good venue for creating an atmosphere of common understanding and shaping environment for bilateral and multilateral cooperation and this joint program of India-China for Afghan diplomats can be a good example to the regional cooperation,”

Lauding India’s role in building overall capacities in Afghanistan, the message of H.E. Rabbani said that the cooperation of India has been the most fundamental one for rebuilding Afghanistan.

The initiative of joint India-China training program for Afghan diplomats was part of an understanding reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April 2018.

These diplomats will be in Delhi till October 26 before going to China for further training.

 

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) announced Afghanistan to be a partner country during an event held on Sept 9, 2018 in Delhi.

The three-day event is being participated by delegates from Afghanistan led by Mohammad Gul Khulmi, the Acting Minister of Water and Energy, Afghanistan and over 600 global industry leaders as well as 10,000 delegates.

During the event, Minister Khulmi extended appreciation to the Government of India in supporting Afghanistan and assured for greater collaboration with ISA to enhance the energy sector.

Aiming to build capacities in promoting solar energy, ISA has 44 member countries and 10 countries became the member during the conference.

This announcement sets great opportunity for Afghanistan to collaborate with India to achieve its goal in the renewable energy sector.  Afghanistan becoming partner country in ISA has raised hope to accommodate the rising power demands of the people of the country. India is taking lead in the second edition of India’s flagship renewable energy event Re-Invest and the second Indian Ocean Rim Association Renewable Energy. 

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and former President of France Francois Hollande launched the ISA programme in 2016. The ISA module works on alliance countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn with abundant sunshine throughout the year. ISA will conclude by 5 October, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

In an impressive development Kabul to Kolkata air cargo flight started its first operation on 27 September, 2018. The first air cargo service between Kabul to Kolkata was flagged off at Hamid Karzai International Airport-Kabul by Eng.Nasir Ahmad Durani, Minister of Agriclture, Irrigation and Livestock, Afghanistan and Khan Jan Alkozai, the Deputy Chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI).

The air cargo is flying by Spice Jet, based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Afghanistan and India in the recently concluded exhibition titled ‘Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show’ in Mumbai this month. The air cargo from Kabul to Kolkata will be freighting 2.7 tons fresh fruits. 

The implementation of the first air freight initiative between Afghanistan and India in 2017 has given major impetus to increase its footprint to other countries namely; Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Dubai.

Today the first flight of Kabul-Europe air cargo initiated through Turkish airline carrying 20 tons of goods to export 8.5 tons to Italy and 12 tons of wool to Finland.

Focusing in on the economic improvement of Afghanistan, the air corridor programme has set progressive benchmark in a span of more than one year. The air corridor programme has certainly produced positive development results which have broadened its horizon internationally.

It is also important to understand Afghanistan’s initiative to attain peace and stability but it is essential to know the positive outcome that has been achieved through economic development initiatives like the air freight programme which is an indispensable and pertinent factor for the country’s growth.

Afghanistan participated in the “SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council Bazaar” international exhibition for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members held on September 19, 2018 in New Delhi.

The  two-day exhibition was  organized by FLO-Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and supported by Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) was inaugurated by the officials and business entities of SAARC members, including Afghanistan.

This exhibition was aimed at promoting  women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region by bringing them together under one roof and providing an attractive platform to showcase products.

 The women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan showcased handicrafts, carpets, saffron, dry fruits and traditional outfits in four stalls.

Other countries participated in this exhibition which had displayed their products included Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India.

It is worth mentioning that Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Afghanistan are members to SCWEC since its establishment on March 29, 2001. SCWEC aims at developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region.