ACCI delegation in composition of four businessmen led by Mr. Khan Jan Alokozay, Senior Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hashem Rasouli, Public Relation Director of ACCI attended the 6th South Asian – Sichuan Business Promotion Roundtable and Conference on 14 – 16 June 2015 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of P.R of China.
Afghan Ambassador to China, Mr. Mohammad Kabir Farahi, Commercial Counselor, Mr. Shafiey and Mr. Noorzad, Second Secretary of Afghanistan Embassy to China attended the conference as well.
China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) organized the event in collaboration with Sichuan Provincial Government, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and China Development Bank, Sichuan Branch.
Presence of Governor and Vice-Governor of Sichuan Province, Minister of Agriculture of Sri Lanka, Minister of Commerce and Supplies of Nepal, a Member of Indian Parliament and Senator of Pakistan added value to the 6th conference.
Based on alphabetically rotating chairmanship of the conferences, this year was turn of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry to chair the 6th Conference. It’s worthy mentioned that Afghanistan chaired the 6th conference.
The 6th Conference focused on Infrastructure and Construction Development. Mr. Khan Jan Alokozay, while appreciating CCPIT and Sichuan Government for organizing such great gathering, emphasized on regional economic integration and addressed attendees and said that the peace and economic development of our countries is conditioned to the regional economic integration, improved connectivity, better roads and railways. Therefore ambitiously look forward to the practical steps in implementing the New Silk Road initiative and will do our best to contribute in materializing this regional program.
He also said that regional economic integration has no any other alternative. The South Asian economies need to connect with the huge and rapidly growing markets of China, East Asia, the Middles East and Central Asia. Afghanistan will play a vital role in connecting some of these markets. To meet our common goal, we should build the missing infrastructures, adapt international best trade and transit practices including supportive tariffs and custom regulations.
In the parallel meetings, ACCI representatives participated the meeting of leaders of South Asian Chambers and Associations. Mr. Alokozay suggested that next year, the 7th Conference shall focus on regional projects like TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India Gas Pipeline), Silk Road Initiatives and Transit of Power from Central Asia to South Asia and private sector of the regional nations should persuade their governments to accelerate the projects. He also suggested that simplification and harmonization custom regime in the region should be put in the Agenda of next year conference.
Other representatives from SAARC also put different suggestions like participation of politicians and policy makers in the 7th conference, dialogue between governments and private sectors of South Asian internally to implement results of the five conferences and so on.
Four Afghan businessmen also attended the matchmaking conference in participating of investors from Sichuan Province and South Asia. They had excellent business interest and idea exchanging.
At end, participants of the conference visited SINOTRUK Company (Truck Manufacturing Company) one of biggest companies in Sichuan Province with 3000 labors and 100,000 outputs annually.
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