Sanjay Dave, Chairman-Surakshit Khadya Abiyan Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Sam Thomas John, Counsellor-Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence, CII met with Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India at the latter’s office on April 4, 2018.

The meeting aimed at discussing opportunities for the ‘13th Food Safety and Quality Summit’ which is scheduled to be held from 13-14 December, 2018.  

Bringing to light the relevance of the summit, themed on “Managing Product Integrity, Regulatory and Food Safety Solutions in the Food Chain for Consumer Health and Safety”, CII has placed an invitation for Afghanistan’s participation.

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali proposed for a joint meeting between Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and CII in New Delhi or Kabul to discuss cooperation between the two nations based on the agreement between ACCI and CII.

The Afghan Ambassador also suggested to have an Afghan business house in India as a one stop destination for communication and marketing of Afghan goods and products.

Briefing the Afghan Ambassador on a quiz competition by Surakshit Khadya Abiyan (SKA) for students as part of the invitees to upgrade competence at the student level on food safety, the CII officials informed about their invitation to Afghan university students to participate in the quiz too and solicited the Afghan Embassy’s cooperation in following this as well as Afghanistan’s participation in forthcoming CODEX Conference-2019 with the Afghan Government.

Dr. Abdali assured the CII officials on Afghan Embassy’s follow up with the Central Government regarding participation of Afghanistan in Food Safety Summit, CODEX Conference-2019 as well as participation of the Afghan Students in the quiz competition.


Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in India spoke at the South Asia Human Rights Summit, supported by Holy Vision International held at Constitutional Club, New Delhi on March 23, 2018.

In the opening remarks, the Afghan Ambassador conveyed the participants strong commitment of the Afghan government towards human rights as well as the women’s rights protection and highlighted on the achievements Afghanistan post-2001.

Referring to further promoting the human rights in Afghanistan and finding ways for a solution to address the current challenges in terms of protecting the human rights, Dr. Abdali said: “We believe that youth are powerful agents of change and empowering rural communities is key to the empowerment of society on human rights protection”.

Terming education as one of the keys to protect human rights, Ambassador Abdali lauded India and international community and civil society’s role in assisting to educate Afghan youth.

During his speech, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on the necessity of peace and stability in order to fully protect human rights.

It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan was elected as member state of the UN Human Rights Council for the first from the period of 2018 to-2021.





The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi celebrated the International Nawruz Day in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and India-Afghanistan Foundation in Centre for Persian and Central Asian Studies, JNU on March 20, 2017.

The celebrations started by airing the national anthems of both the nations followed by the opening remarks of Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India.

Congratulating the onset of New Year 1397 and thanking the partners for cooperation in marking this special day, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about the history of celebrating Nawroz in Afghanistan and those countries which celebrate this day including India. Dr. Abdali said: “Nauroz is one of the most ancient festivals for those who celebrate, the Ariayees whose glorious history is boomed by Balkh and Bami roses and throughout the history it has been flourished from Balkh to South Asia and splendid valleys of Jamuna & Ganga and to West; the Arabian Sea and; today is the day of celebration to that civilization and the reflection of the civilization which India and Afghanistan share.”

The celebrations were marked with cultural sessions including Pashto songs by the Indian students of the Pashto Language Department-JNU, Afghan classical music as well as the Afghan National and local dance performances by the Afghan students.

During the celebrations, the guests were served with Afghan food including Haft-Mewa and Nawrozi Cookies.

The celebrations were attended by students from Afghanistan, India, Tajikistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and other countries celebrating this day.

Recognised by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the International Day of Nowruz and is celebrated by many nations across the world.












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.