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. 

 

 
 

Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali met with M Jagdesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on 19th September 2017.

The aim behind this meeting was to discuss signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) s between JNU and Afghan universities and to exchange views on Indo-Afghanistan cultural and educational ties and ways to further strengthen these relations.

At the outset, Dr. Abdali thanked the JNU administration for paying special attention to the Pashto department as well as the Afghan Studies Resource Centre at this university.

The duo discussed signing different MoUs between JNU and Afghan Ministry of Higher Education or universities in Afghanistan. It is worth mentioning that currently one MoU is signed between Kandahar and JNU for academic collaborations.

Emphasizing on the need to pave the way for more extensive people-to-people contact, the Afghan Ambassador solicited signing MoUs in the fields of student exchange programs, scholarships and professional training programs for students and teachers between both nations.

Prof. Ainul Hasan, Head of Persian and Middle Asia Studies-JNU, Prof. Khaliq Rashid, visiting Professor in the Centre of Persian and Central Asian Studies-JNU, Dr. Girish Nath Jha, Professor of Computational Linguistics & Chairperson-JNU and Anwar Khairi, visiting Professor -JNU also attended this meeting. 

Mr. Ziaulhaq Akhondzada, The Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India participated in the valedictory program of ‘Feed the Future’ held on 18 September 2017 at National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Hyderabad.

The aim of the programme was to impart enhanced skills on new and innovative soil and plant health management strategies for sustainable agricultural growth. The programme saw the participation of 24 executives responding 10 member countries viz.; Afghanistan, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Myanmar, Mozambique, and Uganda. There were four participants from Afghanistan to seek training for the agricultural program.

The program was organized by NIPHM and National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) in collaboration with the United States International Agency Development (USAID).

Mr. Ziaulhaq Akhondzada, the Second Secretary urged NIPHM and MANAGE for more active cooperation in training Afghan executives in India and to increase the number of Afghan participants. He stated in his speech that more than 80 percent of the population in Afghanistan is involved in the agricultural sector and thereby such training programmes will help their country in implementing improved technology for agricultural activity.