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.

 

The four-day long India-Afghanistan trade and investment exhibition titled “Passage to Prosperity” was held in New Delhi on 27 September 2017. The event was inaugurated by Humayon Rasa, Minister of Trade-Afghanistan, Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India, Ashok Gajapathi, Civil Aviation Minister of India and chargé d'affaire of the US Embassy.

The event is organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce and Industries (FICCI), New Delhi. The Conference is aimed to boost economic relations through partnerships between India-U.S-Afghanistan. The event will be showcasing Afghan products including rugs, handicrafts, fresh and dry fruits, saffron, gemstones and marble.

Over 220 Afghan private and social sector traders and 500 Indian business entities including high-ranking Indian and Afghan officials have participated in this exhibition.

On the sideline of this four-day exhibition, a discussion to be held, which will be participated by Indian and Afghan officials to introduce Indian businesses in harnessing trade and investment opportunities in Afghanistan such as banking, energy, trade, health, education and professional training.

Through this event, India and Afghanistan can bring forth lot of opportunities for economic integration and development. The monumental event is markedly will be an avenue for Afghanistan to feature their entities like economic growth, agriculture, health, education and energy seeking trade and investment opportunities with India.

It is worth mentioning that this exhibition was organized based on the agreement made at the 6th Ministerial Meeting of Heart of Asia by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan President and H.E. Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister last year.