Ahmad Shoaib Habibi, the Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Gautam Gosh, Director, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) and Saurabh Mittal, Assistant Director-FICCI on October 5, 2017 to discuss the second edition of India Product Show (IPS).

The three-day show scheduled on November 15-17, 2017 in Kabul will be organized by FICCI, Ministry of Commerce and Industries-Government of India, Embassy of India in Kabul and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) with the close cooperation of the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi.

The exhibition aims at creating business avenues for India and Afghanistan by bringing together traders and business entities from both the nations to enhance trade relations.

The mega event will witness participation of fifty Indian traders. The exhibition will create a lot of business opportunities for India and Afghanistan and further strengthen economic ties.

It is worth mentioning that the first edition of the IPS was held on 2-3 November 2014 in Kabul by Embassy of India to Kabul which comprised 50 stalls from both countries.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan met with Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India on 28 September, 2017. 

The President of India welcomed the Afghan Chief Executive and his accompanying delegation to India and stated that Afghanistan is not only a strategic partner of India but holds a significant place in our hearts’.

President Kovind also stated Indo-Afghan relations especially, the economic ties are of immense importance for India and the trade show “Passage to Prosperity” is a step ahead to further boost the embedded relation between the two nations.

Appreciating the warm welcome by the Indian government and people, the Afghan Chief Executive termed India as one of the trusted strategic partners who has stood for Afghanistan in different phases of history and never hesitated in providing assistance to Afghanistan and its people.

Referring to the developmental projects such as India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam (Salma) and construction of building for National Council of Afghanistan, the Afghan Chief Executive emphasized on the continuation of cooperation between the two nations and included that the ‘Passage to Prosperity’ Trade Exhibition and conference is another step towards strengthening the economic ties and boosting investment and trade between both the nations.

 

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan met with Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister on 29 September, 2017 in New Delhi.

The Prime Minster of Indi welcomed the Afghan CE and his accompanying delegation to India and spoke about the friendly relationship between India and Afghanistan. While referring to his last trip to Afghanistan, the Indian PM stated that it has further cemented and created an emotional bonding with the Afghan people.

Thanking Indian Government’s hospitality, the Afghan CE extended gratitude and appreciated India’s humanitarian assistance especially PM Modi’s support.

Highlighting the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, Dr. Abdullah stated that this strategy will have positive implications and create avenues to tackle terrorism and bring peace and security in the region.

The Afghan CE thanked India for hosting the “Passage to Prosperity” exhibition and solicited the Indian PM to create more business opportunities for Afghan traders in India and facilitate Indian Businesses to invest in Afghanistan.

During this meeting, the Indian PM assured of continued Indian assistance to Afghanistan in different areas and India will also be cooperating with Afghanistan in building capacities, trade and investment.

PM Modi assured Indian government’s full support to the Afghan traders and solicited his government to further cooperate with the Afghan business entities. He also hoped that the soon to be operationalized Chabahar Port would solve the transit difficulties between Indian and Afghanistan and with other regional countries.

 

 Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Indian investors and businessmen at his residence on 28 September, 2017. 

During this meeting, the Afghan CE provided information about investment opportunities in Afghanistan and encouraged the Indian investors to invest in Afghanistan. 

The Afghan CE said Afghanistan has suitable substrates for investment in the field of crafts, business, mines and agriculture. This would be a great opportunity for both the nations for the development and growth of the country. Dr. Abdullah stated that the Afghan government is also supporting Indian investors in Afghanistan. 

The Indian traders and investors also briefed the Afghan CE about their organizational plans and strategies on mining, information technology, and bus production. 

This meeting was held on the sidelines of the ongoing conference and exhibition “Passage to Prosperity” organized by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The ongoing conference and exhibition aims at enhancing economic ties between Afghanistan and India. This exhibition is showcasing Afghan products such as rugs, dry and fresh fruits, saffron, gemstones as well as marbles. 

This exhibition is attended by more than 220 Afghan businesses as well as 500 Indian business entities. 

 

 Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs-India on Sept 28, 2017.

During the meeting, the duo exchanged views on enhancing political and economic ties between Kabul-Delhi.

Dr. Abdullah stated that the trilateral conference between India, Afghanistan and the United States carries positive and constructive affirmations and also extended his gratitude to Delhi for its cooperation with Kabul.

The Minister of External Affairs, India welcomed the Afghan Chief Executive and emphasized on taking political and economic ties between the two nations to trajectory level.

Both the sides exchanged views on the announcement of the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. India pledged its support to Afghanistan in fighting against terrorism and bringing peace and security to their country.