On a three-day trip to Punjab, the Afghan Ambassador Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the 11th Economic meeting which was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on November 20, 2017.

Dr. Abdali held a discussion with Mr. Sachin Khanna, Chairman-CII and Mr. Ajay Khanna, Vice Chairman-CII Amritsar Zonal Council on business opportunities in Afghanistan

The discussion covered wide range of issues, covering prospects from the recently launched Salma Dam Project, improved connectivity with the Central Asian market and the significance of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between India and Afghanistan for enhancing trade opportunities between the two nations. CII is partnered with Afghanistan on various developmental projects like mining, agriculture, textile, energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, and others.

Speaking on the occasion, the Afghan Ambassador said that Amritsar will soon become ‘Gateway of Trade to Afghanistan and will soon be connected by air with Afghanistan to facilitate import & export of goods and added: “Afghanistan is very well connected through the rail route with Central Asia and can become a transit point for exports to Central Asia.”

The session emphasized on organising a Joint Task Force with the leading trade organisations in Afghanistan to come out with a roadmap for economic engagement between private sectors of India and Afghanistan.

Dr. Abdali stressed on the historical linkages between India and Afghanistan and how both the nation can mutually benefit through trade opportunities.

The session was accompanied by Economic Counsellor, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi.



Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali along with Khan Jan Alkozai, Deputy Head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chaired a session reviewing the Afghan exhibition at India International Trade Fair-2017 at Balkh hall, Embassy of Afghanistan-New Delhi on 16th Nov, 2017.

The session was participated by more than 20 representatives from different Afghan business entities and companies who had exhibited their products at the fair.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed the traders to the Embassy and noted upon the great work done at the exhibition. Dr. Abdali appreciated the trader’s efforts in making this exhibition a success at the IITF.

Speaking about the value of going onto international platforms, the Afghan Ambassador stated: “We are happy that through such exhibitions, we are able to further boost our trade links with other countries.”

The meeting concluded with traders sharing the challenges they were faced with during the exhibition. The traders conveyed suggestions too in order to bring improvements in the next year’s pavilion at the IITF.



Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali inaugurated Afghanistan’s exhibition pavilion at India International Trade Fair (IITF) held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 14th November 2017.

The on-going 37th round of IITF will continue till 27th November 2017.  The exhibition brought more than 80 Afghan companies in New Delhi, showcasing various Afghan products such as dry fruits, saffron, Afghan rugs, jewelries as well as gems.

The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Afghan Ambassador at the Afghanistan Pavilion.  Ambassador Abdali, emphasized on the importance of such events which further cements trade links on international domain.

 “It promotes Afghan exports to all over the world”, he added.

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) coordinated with Afghan traders to participate in the on-going IITF in New Delhi which aims at promoting Afghanistan at an International platform in order to attract buyers from different countries including India.

Themed “Startup India: Stand up India”, the India International Trade Fair saw participation of 22 countries and 3000 national and international companies.  IITF is an annual mega trade event which is organized by India Trade Promotion Organization to assist traders from different countries in order to expand trade links across the globe.



The Afghan Ambassador, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali participated in the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Baba Nanak along with Afghan Sikhs on 7th November 2017.

At the outset, the participating Delhi based Afghan Sikhs and Hindus welcomed the Afghan Ambassador for the celebrations.

Thanking for the warm welcome by the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, the Afghan Ambassador congratulated them on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary and lauded the Sikh and Hindu c communities in Afghanistan who have always remained united along with the rest of Afghans in Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that this was the closing ceremony of the birth anniversary of Guru Baba Nanak in New Delhi which was celebrated by Afghan Hindus and Sikhs in different provinces in Afghanistan.

 The Afghan Ambassador, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali spoke at the International Seminar of “Dari-Persian Literature during Late Mugul Period” on 7th November 2017 at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi.

While addressing the seminar Dr. Abdali, touched upon the brilliant history of Dari-Persian language in India and contribution of the Indian poets, the mystics and Ghaznawi, Ghori, Khelji, Aibak, Lodis, Suri, Gurganus monarchies in spreading Dari-Persian literature in India and recalled: “In spite of being supported by all means, the kings were writing poems in Dari-Persian too and the names of Sultan Sikandar Lodi, Salim Jahangeer, and his Kandahari queen, his granddaughter Noor Jahan and later on Zebulnesa were included in this list.

Referring to the history of research about introducing the Dari-Persian culture in India, the Afghan Ambassador included: “I, on behalf of my country Afghanistan and my culture loving people appreciate the researches and efforts made in spreading and educating Dari-Persian in India.”

It is worth mentioning that this two-day seminar was organized by Persian Foundation of India, Ghalib Academy and Bedil Foundation-Tehran saw participation of array of experts from different academic centers of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Iran.