ACCI leadership met his Excellency Mr. Manpreet Vohra, Indian ambassador to Kabul in order to discuss ways for extending business relation between the two countries on, March 14th 2016 at Indian embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan.
At the beginning Mr. Vohra welcomed the ACCI leadership and spoke about the current opportunities for both countries. He said: “India is the largest economic country in the south Asia, we should use this opportunity for mutual benefits, and India is a huge market for the Afghani products, even though Afghanistan is a country with an economy under stress, but still you have good strengths especially in the agricultural, mining and other important sectors. We are happy that the trading process between India and Afghanistan is going on well, but it is not enough, yet it hasn’t reached the potential, we still face transit problem from our common neighbor Pakistan and we would have to tackle them in smooth manner.”
Mr. Alhaj Khanjan Alkozay Senior Vice-Chairman of ACCI’s BOD while welcoming the Indian ambassador, gave brief information about the structure, legal base and importance of ACCI, he further added: “ Afghanistan and India has long business history, Afghanistan is also a good market for Indian products, fortunately India delivers quality goods to Afghanistan not only this, but India also helped us in different sectors, construction of the parliament building, Salma dam project and cricket ground establishment could be the best clear examples of friendship between the two countries.)
Both sides talked about the Afghanistan Pakistan Trade Transit Agreement (APTA), the Indian ambassador had more focus to include India in this agreement which was highly appreciated by ACCI leadership.
India remains an integral part of Afghanistan’s steady progress in institutionalizing peace, pluralism, and prosperity. Ties between Afghanistan and India go beyond the traditionally strong relations at the government level. Since time immemorial, the peoples of Afghanistan and India have interacted with each other through trade and commerce, peacefully coexisting on the basis of their shared cultural values and commonalities. This history has become the foundation of deep mutual trust. India wants to improve transport connectivity and economic collaboration with countries in Central and South Asia.