H.E. Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali spoke at the inauguration of the conference and exhibition on ‘Made in Afghanistan’ on July 19, 2016 in New Delhi.

The two-day exhibition that showcases products such as fresh and dry fruits, handicrafts, precious stones, saffron and carpets from Afghanistan was inaugurated at hotel Ashok in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The exhibition is organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA), USAID and UN Women in coordination with Economic Section of the Afghan embassy in India under the auspice of Trade, Commerce & Investment-Confidence Building Measures of the ‘Heart of Asia’ Process for Rebuilding Afghanistan.

The inaugural session was attended by Mr. Qadeer Jawad, Deputy minister, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Afghanistan; Mr Amar Sinha, Secretary ER, Ministry of External Affairs, India; Ms. Ambika Sharma, Director Genral FICCI; V.S. Sanhey, Immediate Past President SAARC Chamber & Chairman, Sun International;  business delegate from Afghanistan, Indian businesses representatives and diplomats from foreign missions based in Delhi.

In his remarks, the Afghan Ambassador termed Heart of Asia as a very important forum for not only helping Afghanistan but also addressing the challenges faced by the region specially lauded the effectiveness of TCI CBM of the HoA. Considering the importance of this event, Dr. Abdali expressed his gratitude over India’s constant support for development and stability in Afghanistan through various frameworks, and said that HoA is one example through which India has helped Afghanistan towards achieving its economic goals. Referring to the Strategic Partnership Agreement between India and Afghanistan, Ambassador Abdali noted that what India has been doing under this partnership is very much in-line with HoA’s objectives.

Stressing the importance of regional economic integration and cooperation, the Afghan ambassador stated that despite “many contentious issues, economic cooperation is something that will drive us towards resolving and addressing the challenges that we have been facing for long,” Adding that the Afghan government supports Prime Minister Modi’s vision of regional integration and cooperation. While highlighting Afghanista’s pivotal role in regional economic integration, he enumerated efforts taken by the Afghan government for making the regional integration vision a reality.

Underscoring, the business opportunities in Afghanistan Dr. Abdali said that there are ample opportunities in all sectors and informed that Afghanistan government is working to make doing of business in Afghanistan further easier. He encouraged the Indian business and investors to capitalize on business opportunities in Afghanistan.

During the session a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between FICCI Ladies Organization and Afghanistan Women Business Federation. Ambassador Abdali said that the MoU will establish better cooperation between the two women business organizations.

Other speakers in the inaugural session included, Mr. Abdul Qadeer Jawad, Mr. Amar Sinha, Mr. V.S. Sanhey, Mr. Deepak Amitabh, and Ms Ambika Sharma. The session was followed by presentations on trade and investment opportunities in Afghanistan.

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