ACCI’s First Deputy to the Board of Directors, Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand meets with the Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Wang You, and discusses how to; expand commercial relations and solve the existing problems of the Afghan traders.
Mr. Muhmand appreciated the consistent cooperation of China in regards to promoting trade between the two countries and asked the Chinese Ambassador to help issue Chinese Visas for Afghan traders.
He, furthermore, said, “Besides importing Afghan pine nuts, the Chinese Embassy has to facilitate importing other products of Afghanistan to China such as dried fruit, herbals, precious and semi-precious stones.”
Mr. Wang You said, “Chinese Embassy stands committed to help issue visas for Afghan traders and facilitate other Afghan products such as dried fig, bitter and sweet almond, raisin, and saffron, to be imported to China.”
He also said that the Chinese government is pleased to distribute improved seeds to Afghan farmers free of cost and buy the crops when harvested.
As a result of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI)'s struggles, 45-ton pine nuts cargo to China has been transferred through Kam Air airline company.
ACCI’s First Deputy to the Board of Directors Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Abdul Salam Hanafi, Acting Minister of Commerce and Industry Mr. Nooruddin Azizi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Mr. Zabihullah Mujahid, Chairman to the International Relations of the Board of Directors Engineer Sayed Jawid Burhan, Chairman to the Finance of the Board of Directors Mr. Sherin Agha Sakhi, Mr. Muhammad Gardezay, Ziauddin Achakzay, and Ahmad Zia Azimi Shenozada ACCI’s members to the Board of Directors, ACCI’s Administrative and Financial Deputy to the CEO Mr. Mirwais Hotak, Chairmanship of the Kam Air airline company, Chairman to the Nemroz Provincial Chamber Mr. Haji Obaidullah Noorzay, Chairman to the Pine nuts Union Mr. Dildar Zadran, a number of traders, and national and international media attended this ceremony in Kabul International Airport.
Mr. Muhmand said that the ACCI has done a lot to facilitate exporting pine nuts through air cargo so far and indicated the role of pine nuts traders and Kam Air airline company as significant in this regard.
He, furthermore, said that pine nut is one of the crucial commodities of Afghanistan which is worth millions of dollars.
Mr. Muhmand added that this 45-ton pine nuts cargo to China has been transferred only with the financial support of the Pine nut Traders and Kam Air airline company.
Mr. Abdul Salam Hanafi said, “To start exporting through air corridors once again is a glad tiding to the Private Sector, people of Afghanistan especially, inhabitants of Paktia.”
He also indicated the worth of Afghan pine nuts as equivalent to one billion USD.
Mr. Nooruddin Azizi said, “Ministry of Commerce and Industry is committed to the economic development and trade advancement in Afghanistan and promises to provide the required facilities and opportunities for the very noble cause.”
Mr. Zabihullah Mujahid said that the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan is committed to supporting the legitimate activities of the Private Sector and appreciated all the facilitation and coordination of the ACCI in regards to providing legal solutions for the problems of the traders and the Private Sector.
ACCI’s Chairman Mr. Tawakal Ahmadyar, ACCI’s Investment Deputy to the Board of Directors Mr. Sultan Muhammad Safi, ACCI’s member to the Board of Directors and Petroleum Special Committee’s Chairman Mr. Jan Aqa Sadiqi, and Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Shafiqullah Atayee held an online meeting with the Iranian Commercial Attache Mr. Ibrahim Husaini and discussed how to; promote trade between the two countries and solve the existing problems of petroleum importers.
Mr. Ahmadyar said that Afghan petroleum importers are keen to enter into big contracts to purchase petroleum from Iran and asked Mr. Husaini to provide the required coordination and facilities for the very cause.
He, furthermore, said that Afghan petroleum importers are facing a number of issues in their imports from Iran to Afghanistan and hopes for these problems to be eradicated as soon as possible.
Mr. Atayee said, “It is imperative for both countries to strengthen economic relations and promote trade and Afghan petroleum importers are in dire need of being provided with the required facilities by the Iranian government.”
Mr. Husaini said, “Iranian Embassy to Afghanistan has always strived to eliminate the existing challenges and provide traders with the required facilities.”
He, furthermore, said that the Iranian Embassy will try to pave the way for Afghan petroleum importers to enter into big contracts for purchasing petroleum from Iran.
ACCI’s First Deputy to the Board of Directors Mr. Muhammad Younus Muhmand, Mr. Ziauddin Achakzay ACCI’s member to the Board of Directors, ACCI’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Shafiqullah Atayee, Administrative and Financial Deputy to the CEO Mr. Mirwais Hotak, Deputy Minister of Aviation Mr. Ghulam Jilani Wafa, representatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Kam Air Airline Company, and Chairman to the Pine Exporters Union Mr. Dildar Zadran participated in the ceremony of signing a tripartite cooperation MOU of dispatching merchandize through air corridors.
Mr. Muhmand said, “As Afghanistan is going through an economic recession, and the Private Sector receives no subsidy from the government, therefore, we kindly ask the Kam Air to dispatch commodities especially pine to Chian and other countries of the world at a low price.”
He, furthermore, said that pine is one of the country’s most valuable commodities.
Mr. Jilani Wafa said, “The Private Sector plays a vital role in the development of the economy of the country and the Ministry of Transport is going to provide the required facilities to advance exports of the country.”
Mr. Atayee said that ACCI has taken considerable measures in order to provide legal solutions for the problems of the Private Sector and traders as a whole.
Mr. Zadran said, “Dispatching commodities through air corridors plays an important role in the economic advancement of the people especially those working in the pine process companies.”
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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.