ACCI’s Chairman Mr. Tawakal Ahmadyar, Muhammad Dawood Yousufzai member of the Board of Directors, and ACCI’s acting CEO Mr. Mirwais Hotak met with the president of Andkhoy Chamber of Commerce and Investment Mr. Abdul Majeed Neyazai and discussed various ways to help provide legal solutions to their problems.
Mr. Neyazai said that it was significant to establish warehouses in the Aqina Port and develop trade regions in it and requested ACCI’s cooperation concerning this issue.
Mr. Ahmadyar acclaimed Andkhoy Chamber’s activities in providing facilities for the Afghan Private Sector especially, exempting Aqina and Andkhoy from extra payments, and affirmed that he had already shared the problems with the relevant governmental organizations and is going to organize several meetings in this regard.
He, furthermore, affirmed that ACCI is committed to providing inclusive cooperation to help find legal solutions for the problems of the Afghan Private Sector.
ACCI’s Vice-Chairman Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand, Deputy Commercial Mr. Khairuddin Mail Ahmadi, Khan Jan Alokozay, Muhammad Dawood Yousufzai and Zeyauddin Achkzai members of the ACCI’s Board of Directors, Acting Minister of the Industry and Commerce of the IEA, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Mr. Jamshed Khwaja Youf, Uzbekistan’s ministers of Agriculture, Mines and Petroleum, Transport, Water and Energy, Deputy CEO of Uzbekistan’s Railway, Acting CEO of the ACCI Mr. Mirwais Hotak, Deputy CEO of the ACCI Mr. Muhammad Anwar Arifi, KCCI’s Vice-Chairman Mr. Ahmad Sha Hakimi and traders and investors of both countries participated in the “Afghan-Uzbek Investment Opportunities” conference.
Mr. Muhmand welcomed the participants, provided them with information about trade relations between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, and affirmed that organizing such events plays a significant role in promoting mutual trade and economic ties and relations.
He, besides requesting the Uzbek government to provide Afghan traders with more facilities in visa issuance said that including security, no corruption, and no poppy cultivation are great opportunities to invest in Afghanistan and invited Afghan and Uzbek investors to joint ventures in different sectors in the country.
Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce said, “According to trade and economic relations, Uzbekistan is an ancient friend of Afghanistan and the economic stability of Afghanistan is crucial for the overall security of the region.”
He also requested traders and investors from both countries to invest in manufacturing fertilizers, importing wheat to the country, standardizing technology, and mechanizing agriculture.
Mr. Khwaja Youf appreciated the organization of the conference and declared that Uzbekistan’s trade and economic relations play a vital role in the economic stability of Afghanistan.
He, in addition, expressed Uzbek traders and investors’ readiness for joint ventures with Afghan traders and investors.
ACCI’s Deputy CEO Mr. Muhammad Anwar Arifi met with the officials of Save the Children and discussed the implementation of different projects of SCI in different provinces of the country and ACCI’s cooperation in this regard.
Officials of Save the Children provided the Deputy CEO of the ACCI with information about surveys they have done especially a survey of discovering the problems that female farmers are dealing with presently.
They, furthermore, said that they have carried out surveys in 5 provinces to find the problems of female farmers and provide them with legal solutions. They are also planning to conduct such surveys in 10 more provinces and requested the ACCI’s help and inclusive cooperation.
Mr. Arifi said, “Considering the supportive activities of the ACCI, it has a tremendous experience in conducting surveys and reinforcing female entrepreneurs and can be a helping hand in running joint surveys with Save the Children.”
ACCI’s Vice-Chairman Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand, ACCI’s Secretary to the Board of Directors, ACCI’s Finance President Mr. Sheerin Agha Sakhi, ACCI’s President of International Relations Mr. Engineer Sayed Jawid Burhan, ACCI’s members of the Board of Directors Mr. Ziauddin Achakzai and Mr. Muhammad Dawood Yousufzai, and ACCI’s Deputy CEO Mr. Muhammad Anwar Arifi met with the Indonesian Acting Ambassador for Afghanistan Mr. Budi Rachmat Suryasaputra and discussed how to promote trade relations between Afghanistan and Indonesia, establish a trade association between the traders of both countries and build the capacity of female entrepreneurs.
Mr. Suryasaputra provided Mr. Muhmand with information about the ‘Afghan Women Capacity Building Conference’ that is going to be organized by the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and requested ACCI’s comprehensive cooperation to introduce Afghan female entrepreneurs to this conference.
Mr. Muhmand besides welcoming Mr. Suryasaputra, affirmed that the ACCI is a leading representative of the Afghan Private Sector and traders of the country as a whole.
He, furthermore, indicated the existing investment opportunities in the country, insisted mutual trade be accelerated, and ensured ACCI’s cooperation in organizing the above-mentioned conference.
Latest Provincial News
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI)’s First Deputy to the Board of Directors Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand and Administrative and Financial Deputy to the Executive Board Mr. Mirwais Hotak traveled to Kandahar Province and started the second phase of distributing life-saving assistance to the victims of the Arghandab district.
It is worth mentioning that these life-saving packages are the generous donations of the following honored businessmen:
• Mr. Habib Gulzar
• Mr. Homayoon Khwaja Zada
• Mr. Mirwais Katawazay
• Haji Abdullah
• Haji Zahir
• Mr. Muhammad Yousuf Muhmand
• And members of the Private Sector
Mr. Rasooli district governor of the Arghandab appreciated these generous donations of the traders of the country and addressed these donations as crucial and essential for the victims.
These food packages contain flour, rice, and ghee and have been distributed to 670 households and the distribution process still continues.
Herat Chamber of Commerce and Investment (HCCI)’s members of the Board of Directors, Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Chamber of Agricultural and Livestock products, a number of traders and members of the private sector participated the inauguration ceremony of a workshop organized under the subject of foundations of trade agreements.
ACCI’s member of the board of directors Mr. Jan Aqa Sadeqi, said that such programs have a positive impact on business and can prevent financial losses.
Mr. Mohammad Rafi Rahmani, Executive Director of the Herat Chamber of Commerce and Investment, spoke about the importance of the program and added that in the current situation signing a trade agreement is an urgent need for business and traders. Investors need to know the basics of the commercial contract.
A lecturer of the Herat University Mr. Hafeezullah Sidiqi said, “Implementing legal rules along with commercial and economic rules can prevent loss when a businessman agrees to have a commercial contract with someone.”
Another lecturer of the Herat University Mr. Abdul Saboor Mateen said, “A commercial contract based on legal consultations can result in the increase of commercial activities and stability.”
Khan Jan Alokozay, Ziauddin Achakzai, Jan Aqa Sadiqi, and Asmatullah Wardak members of the ACCI’s Board of Directors, Herat Chamber of Commerce and Investment (HCCI)s' President Mr. Younus Qazi Zada, Chamber of Mines and Industry Chairmanship, a number of traders and investors met with one of the Jihadi leaders Ameer Muhammad Ismael Khan and expressed their concerns about fires in Islam Qala Port.
They said that traders and investors invest millions of dollars in the country and creates numerous job opportunities for the people, however, the government does not take this into account.
Khan Jan Alokozay ACCI’s member of the board of directors said, “The main reason of the fires in Islam Qala Port is the uncustomary evaluations of the goods by the National Standard Authority (NSA) and existing corruption in the customs of the country is another big barrier in front of legal trade.”
Ameer Muhammad Ismael Khan said, “If a tragedy like Islam Qala Port occurs in one of the developed countries, the president of the country himself would travel to the affected site and condole with the people, but this thing never happens in Afghanistan.”
He, furthermore, asked the government to buy firefighting equipment for the customs of the country.