A German business delegation consisting of businessmen and government officials came to Afghanistan to participate the Afghan – German Business Matchmaking Conference.Delegation members were from sectors such as technology, security equipment provider, water research, technology development, consultancy, IT technology provider, engineering, machinery of construction materials manufacturing, air transportation and logistics, energy environment solution, environmental consultancy and security vehicles manufacturing.
The conference was hosted by Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and German Development Cooperation with Afghanistan.
Afghan referral economic ministries and agencies presented the interest topics to the delegation: tangible achievements of Afghan government in completion Ring Road and current infrastructure projects such as West-East Road and rail road in west and north of Afghanistan, was presented by Mr. Abdul Khaliq Fazl, Former Minister of Public Works, how to start business in Afghanistan was delivered by Mr. Wafiulla Iftikhar, CEO of AISA, major investment factors in mining sector was presented by Ministry of Mines, challenges and opportunities in construction sector was delivered by Eng. Yassin, Head of Board of Directors of Afghanistan Builders Association and finally New Kabul City Project introduced by Mr. Ghulam Sakhi Hasanzada, CEO of DCDA.
Mr. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, CEO of ACCI welcomed the delegation to Afghanistan and expressed that Afghanistan is the land of opportunities. “Private sector as well as government attempt to fill out gap of decline of intentional community’s aids after 2014. So, we cordially invite all international companies to come to Afghanistan and work with us together for prosperity future for Afghanistan.”
Dr. Rudolf Gridl, from Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Head of the Delegation, expressed his interest in coming to Afghanistan. He mentioned that Afghanistan has made great progress over the last ten years towards becoming an independent state which is integrated into and respected by the international community. Much has been achieved in order to enable the Afghan people to live their lives in the way they freely choose to do so. But great challenges still lie ahead.
“A well-functioning private sector is of crucial importance if Afghanistan is to have a stable and secure future. It creates jobs, provides an income, and generates increasing prosperity and thus prospects for the Afghan people” he said
He also said that Germany is a friend and partner of Afghanistan and it is therefore good to see German companies taking a growing interest in Afghanistan. “This fact-finding mission for our companies will enable the entrepreneurs to get to know the country, to gain an impression of the opportunities, and to establish contacts.” The visit will play a part in further deepening the economic relations between our two countries.
The conference also provided this chance for both German and Afghan businessmen to meet each other in Business to Business Meeting to exchange their mutual interests on relative sectors.