Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi inaugurated the Indo-Afghanistan Cultural week organizing a one day academic seminar on 29th November 2017 in New Delhi.

Prof. Mohammad Rasool Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, Dr. Mahesh Sharam, Minister of Culture-Republic of India, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India as well as ambassadors including Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka and a number of academic figures from both the countries had participated in inaugural ceremony of this seminar.

Welcoming the guests to the seminar, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about the depth and history of cultural relations between the two nations and added that in today’s world, Indians and Afghans have been two Asian countries whose joint fight against British empire’s culture and political captivity and domination is known to all. “Living in a joint cultural stronghold, these people were able to leave permanent memories and art to their future generations. If, from the one side Mahatma Gandhi and Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan (Frontier Gandhi) held the invincible sword of non-violence and fought against colonialism; on the other side, Rabindranath Tagore combined both the nations writing the everlasting novel ‘Kabuliwala’,” added the Afghan Ambassador.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture, Republic of India as one of the chief guests of the event spoke about the historical relations, and contemporary cultural ties between Afghanistan and India and added that this is another step to further strengthen and boost these ties.

 At the meantime, Prof. Mohammad Rasool Bawari, the Acting Minister of Information and Culture-Afghanistan, during this event said that India and Afghanistan have had deep historical relations and organizing such events will bring us closer. He hoped to have this event organized in Kabul next year.

During this seminar, the India-Afghanistan relations were discussed over different periods of the history and the experts from both countries read their articles over four panels.

The articles read by the panelists in this seminar will be assembled and printed into a book.

According to Ajmal Alimzai, the Cultural Attaché of Afghanistan to India, following this seminar, there will be two more events on Thursday and Friday which will include showcasing art, handicrafts, music and dress shows of both the nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan has taken the lead to win the Silver medal for ‘Excellence in Display’ in the 37th India International Trade Fair-2017, recently held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The award was conferred to Ahmad Shoaib Habibi, the Economic Counsellor of Embassy of I.R. of Afghanistan on behalf of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) by Sh. C.R. Chaudhry, Minister of Commerce and Industry at the closing ceremony.

The medal bears India-Afghanistan’s deep embedded relation of culture, trade and people to people contact.

Afghanistan’s participation in the 37th IITF has created opportunities in extending business horizons to other regions of the world. Afghan trade perspectives remained profitable in India as the traders dealing in as traders dealing in dry fruits, saffron, jewelry, carpets and rugs are globally acknowledged.

Afghanistan’s pavilion covered an area more than 550 Square meters. The 80 Afghan stalls including 32 women stall which is larger than any other country give massive hope for economic expansion between India and Afghanistan.

 IITF is a marvelous opportunity to introduce Afghan items to India and showcase Afghanistan’s potential and economic vibrancy and eagerness to grow. Over the years Afghanistan has generated a great market in India.

 

 

 

 

 

Afghan Ambassador to India Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali paid a three-day visit to Punjab on November 23, 2017. His three-day tour to Jalandhar-Amritsar-Chandigarh aimed to cover various aspects, mainly trade and revival of the historical relations between Afghanistan and Punjab.

Dr. Abdali’s meeting with Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh lead positive directions for trade opportunities between Punjab-Afghanistan’s relations which dates back to long history.

During the meeting with Punjab Chief Minister, the Afghan Ambassador proposed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on air-freight corridor to be signed between Afghanistan-Punjab by second week of December this year. Afghanistan and Amritsar has potential market that is conducive for trade opportunities and, connectivity has been an added advantage.

Dr. Abdali sought Captain Amarinder Singh’s assistance to enhance agricultural research in Afghanistan and emphasised on the importance of research and training that will help Afghanistan in the economic development. The meeting also highlighted the need of women entrepreneurship in the country.

The Afghan Ambassador also discussed about the progress of the on-going India International Trade Fair in the New Delhi and the ‘Passage to Prosperity’ exhibition held in September this year.

The meeting was accompanied by the Economic Counsellor, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the ‘Road to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 on 22 November 2017 in Chandigarh. Aimed to celebrate women empowerment in entrepreneurship, the event was organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with NITI Aayog.  Dr. Abdali spoke during the valedictory session of the summit.

While addressing the session, Afghan Ambassador highlighted the importance of women empowerment in the economic development of the country and women entrepreneurial skills which uplifts social and economic status for improving the standard of living.

In partnership with the Government of the United States of America, NITI Aayog is hosting the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India from November 28-30, 2017. The Summit will be addressed by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The US delegation will be led by Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to President Trump.

Women will represent 52.5 percent of entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters at GES 2017.  This is the first time that women have been the majority of participants at a GES.  Women from 127 countries are participating. 10+ countries will be represented by an all-female delegation, including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

 

On a three-day official trip to Punjab Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Dr. Sahida Mohammad Abdali paid a visit to Sirhind Tomb in Fatehgarh Sahib District on 22 November 2017.

The visit marks the revival of the glorious past of Afghanistan’s King Shah Zaman Durrani.

Visiting Sirhind for the first time, Dr. Abdali’s offered prayer to his ancestor’s grave Shah Zaman Durrani who is buried in Dargah at Sirhind. He expressed his gratitude and acknowledged to undertake the improvement of tomb’s condition.

Former Afghanistan’s King Shah Zaman sought asylum in Punjab in the eighteenth century.”This place felt him to be home,” said Dr. Abdali.

During his visit to Sirhind, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on historical linkages between Punjab and Afghanistan and noted that Afghanistan is connected to Punjab in trade, culture and people to people contact.

Dr. Abdali also attended a cultural program ‘One World’ at the Lovely Professional University during his visit and conferred appreciation letters to Afghan students securing highest marks in the university exams and addressed their concerns too.

Afghan students have good opportunity for education in India. Almost 16,000 Afghan students are studying in India in Various Disciplines.

The three-day tour was accompanied by the Economic Counsellor, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi.