ACCI’s CEO Mr. Ataye welcomed the Iranian Commercial Attaché Mr. Husain Rostaye and provided him with comprehensive information about the activities of the ACCI in regard to helping provide legal solutions to the problems of the traders and investors and providing them with the required facilities.
Mr. Rostaye suggested a number of ways how to expand commercial relations, exchange technical and professional delegations, get joint investments, launch exhibitions, and solve the existing problems in the ports.
Mr. Ataye said, “Afghanistan like a rising opportunity is a perfect place for investors to invest in different fields and ACCI is committed to providing them with the required facilities and support.”
He, furthermore, said that ACCI is going to share the above-mentioned problems with the relevant officials of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan (IEA) and will find suitable solutions.
At the end of the meeting, both sides insisted on mutual cooperation and organizing more meetings in this regard.
ACCI’s Vice-Chairman Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand representing the Afghan Private Sector along with the administrative and financial deputy to the CEO of the ACCI Mr. Mirwais Hotak and the Afghan ambassador to Moscow Mr. Jamal Nasar Gharwal participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and emphasizes the commercial relations between Afghanistan and Russia be strengthened and expanded.
Mr. Muhmand said, “The purpose of attending this conference is to meet representatives of different private sectors of the different countries, promote commercial relations and entice foreign investors to invest in Afghanistan.”
He also touched on the suitable security situation and lack of corruption and therefore asked Russian traders and investors and Afghan traders and investors who live outside of the country to invest in Afghanistan.
St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is going to be organized under the title of “New world – New Opportunities” from June 15 to 17 and the representatives of 135 countries are going to attend it.
ACCI’s Chairman Mr. Tawakal Ahmadyar, ACCI’s Vice – Chairman Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand, ACCI’s CEO Mr. Shafiqullah Atayee, ACCI’s Board members, Deputy Prime Minister of the Afghanistan Islamic Emirates Mr. Mula Abdul Ghani Berather, Industry and Commerce Minister Mr. Nooruddin Azizi, ambassadors of Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Russia, and Qazaqstan participated in the National Conference of the Afghan Private Sector organized by the ACCI.
Mr. Muhmand proclaimed ACCI’s achievements in the last six months and suggested multiple ways for better commercial relations, a stable economy, and promoted trade.
Mr. Mula Abdul Ghani Berather said, “The Afghanistan Islamic Emirates (AIE) is committed to providing the required facilities for trade promotion, better commercial relations, and economic growth.”
Besides convincing traders and investors to invest in Afghanistan, Mr. Berather assured the participants that AIE is going to create more job opportunities and hire the right type of candidates for the vacant positions.
Mr. Hedayatullah Badri said, “Ministry of Finance of the AIE is planning to link ASYCUDA to the other existing systems in the customs of the country.”
He, furthermore, promised that the Ministry of Finance would not let anyone trample economic values.
Chairman to Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) Mr. Haji Muhammad Idrees said, “DAB has done quite a lot to make the International Community remove it’s imposed sanctions on Afghanistan, unfreeze the Afghan capital, dispatch of humanitarian aid, and has drafted favorable policies to be more cooperative with the neighboring countries.”
Mr. Atayee provided the participants with detailed information about the activities of the ACCI in the past 91 years.
ACCI’s Vice-Chairman Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand, President to the Secretariat of the ACCI Mr. Khan Muhammad Sarfaraz Baz, Financial President to the ACCI Mr. Sherin Agha Sakhi, and Khan Jan Alokozay and Zakaria Baryali members to the Board of Directors of the ACCI met with the Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan Mr. Bahadar Ameneyan and his assistant Mr. Sayed Hassan Murtazawe and talked about the recent commercial and transit issues.
Mr. Muhmand said, “Current stable security situation paves the way to external investments in Afghanistan and leads to better trade and transit relations with the neighboring countries and the world.”
He also pointed out the existing obstacles in dispatching commercial commodities to Iran and asked Mr. Ameneyan to eradicate these obstacles as soon as possible.
Mr. Khan Muhammad Sarfaraz Baz said, “We strongly support any fresh approach which could result in better trade and transit relations and organizing joint commercial exhibitions.”
Mr. Ameneyan said, “We are willing to establish frontier installations and invite the Afghan Private Sector to invest in it.”
He, furthermore, said that we are committed to strengthening mutual commercial relations and providing the required facilities.
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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.