Iranian Exhibition Projects Management Company in close collaboration and full support from Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and Iran trade development organization, organized the 1st Afghan – Iran production machinery and light industries joint expo from 16 – 18 July 2016 and would be opened to public for 3 days.
46 Afghan and Iranian companies from several sectors such as: Food production machinery, Agriculture, construction materials, infrastructure, energy, home appliance, detergents, medical equipment and medicine, Technology and telecommunication, urban services and tourism exhibited their products in this exhibition.
The inauguration ceremony of the exhibition was attended by high ranking officials of both countries such as Mr. Alhaj Khanjan Alkozay Senior Vice chairman of ACCI, Mr. Engineer Afkhamid deputy minister of mining, commerce and industries of Iran, Mr. Mohammad Reza Bahrami Iranian ambassador to Kabul, ACCI leadership, Mr. Sayed Yahya Akhlaqi transit and facilitation director of ministry of commerce and industries of Afghanistan, traders, Investors and members of business communities of both countries.
Mr. Alhaj Khanjan Alkozay Senior Vice Chairman of ACCI, while welcoming the Iranian business delegation and participants, spoke about the past joint exhibitions and their impacts on economies of both countries. Moreover he hoped that with removal of sanctions from Iran the trade relations between the two countries would be further strengthened which would play a significant role in terms of Afghanistan’s industrial production improvement.
He underlined: “Afghanistan have experienced an artificial economy during the past 14 years where the country’s economic growth was highly relying on foreign aids. In spite of adequate aids from international community, there are still no sign of tangible investment in infrastructures. But now we want to transform Iran’s industrial experiments to Afghanistan.”
While pointing out to the transit problems faced by traders in ports, he termed the reactivation of Iranian port of Chabahar, key for resolving the outstanding issue and as well as increasing the annual trade turnover among the countries. Meanwhile he urged the governments of India, Iran and Afghanistan to remain committed to their promises regarding the development of this port in order to facilitate the utilization of existent regional opportunities.
“Although Iran and Afghanistan have jointly organized several exhibitions during the recent past year, but this exhibition is totally different from the previous ones as its prime objective is to transform the industrial experiments, which Iran have obtained after many years of practical production, to Afghanistan.” Mr. Engineer Afkhami stressed during his remarks.
Mr. Mohammad Yahya Akhlaqi, called Afghanistan and Iran two friendly neighboring countries who have shared border and culture. He asked the Iranian companies to establish their official branches in Afghanistan for providing long-term quality services to Afghans.
Afghanistan is keenly welcoming foreign traders and investors more than any other time before and warmly shakes the hand intended to bring social well-fare and prosperity to this region. Iran could play a vital role in this regard.
Inaugurating Chabahar port and enormous investment in its infrastructures by India, Iran and Afghanistan is among those hopes that will upsurge the trade relations between Afghanistan and Iran and would further boost the economic ties between the two countries.
The economic relationship between Afghanistan and Iran have experienced significant progresses over past years and Afghanistan became a good market for Iranian goods. The annual trade turnover between the two neighboring countries in 2015 reached to USD 1.9 billion, from which 1.807 billion accounts our imports and 35 million accounts our exports to Iran.
ACCI firmly believes that conduction of 1st Afghan – Iran production machinery and light industries joint expo is a great step toward further strengthening the business ties among the two neighboring countries.
It is worth mentioning that the First joint exhibition took place on 22 August 2012 and 2nd joint exhibition took place on 2014, while the 3rd joint exhibition was held on 2016 at the same venue and was daily visited by around 12500 people.