Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and Afghan – Turkish Industrialists & Traders Association (ATSIAD) jointly organized the 6th Afghan – Turk International Expo on 19 – 22 April 2016 in Kabul following four previous exhibitions.
The Exhibition aims to boost business relationship between two countries, find market for Afghan and Turkish quality products, raise awareness of Turkish investors on current market and investment circumstance in Afghanistan and also persuade Afghan policymakers to pave investment attraction needs.
35 Afghan and 25 Turkish companies showcased their products in 87 booths by Four days, which included electronic equipment, construction materials, furniture, foods, cloths, internal decoration and cosmetics. Moreover 60 trader and investor from Turkey, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan also attended the exhibition.
The inauguration ceremony of the expo was attended by Mr. Ahmad Zia Masoud president’s special envoy for good governance and reforms, Mr. Abdul Satar Murad minister of economy, Mr. Khanjan Alkozay, Senior Vice-Chairman of ACCI, Mr. Sami Yavuz, President of ATSIAD, and a number of Afghan and Turk businessmen.
While briefing the participants on previous Afghan-Turk joint expos Mr. Alkozay said: “as investment, producing and processing are important steps of production, similarly marketing for products and exhibiting them also hold significant importance and is considered vital for growth of production sector”.
He pointed out to the level of investment made by turkey during the past years and added that the country has invested 1.32 million dollars in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, he further said that ACCI, in close collaboration with Ankara, is determined to establish an information and counseling center for traders of both countries.
Mr. Alkozay termed the recent political issues as key constraints facing by Afghan exporters, due to which Turkey has increased custom duties on imports.
Mr. Ahmad Zia Masoud president’s special envoy for good governance and reforms, called Turkey a sincere friend of Afghanistan who has maintained good political, economic, social and cultural ties with Afghanistan during the history.
He asserted, that Turkey has been able to gain enormous achievements in socio-economic and agricultural products sectors and its industrial products and foreign trade with other countries accounts major parts of its revenues.
Mr. Adbul Satar Murad, termed organizing the exhibition as key step toward turning the trade balance in the interest of the country.
On 19 March, 2013, ACCI and ATSIAD signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue their business relationship in future. Based on the MoU, both parties will organize such exhibitions until next 10 years in Afghanistan. The MoU also concentrates on economic support from Turkey to Afghanistan through ATSIAD.
It is worth mentioning; ACCI and ATSIAD have successfully organized the past five exhibitions. The 5th exhibition was held on 21 – 24 April 2015 in Kabul consisting overall sectors and approximately 29,000 people visited the exhibition by four days.
Afghanistan generally imports constructional materials, commodities, electrical equipment, machinery, drugs, and cloths from Turkey. And exports fresh and dried fruits and vegetables to Turkey.