H.E. Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali met with Mr Rajesh Menon, Deputy Director General and Mr Manish Mohan, Regional Director – International, South & Central Asia, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at the Embassy on September 22, 2016.
In light of growing interest among businesses from both countries, the meeting aimed to discuss how the CII, one of the leading Chambers of India, could work with the Embassy to capitalise on these opportunities and further strengthen the strong economic ties between Afghanistan and India.
At the outset, Ambassador Abdali thanked the CII for successfully co-organizing the Business Meeting with HE Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Hon’ble President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on his recent visit to Delhi.
The CII proposed to organise seminars and business meetings with leading businesses across India to apprise them about the multidimensional and vast business opportunities in Afghanistan. They invited Ambassador Abdali to address these programmes. Ambassador Abdali agreed to do such programmes in Delhi and Amritsar.
Ambassador Abdali advised the CII to promote the recently signed Chabahar Agreement. He stressed on the importance of this landmark agreement and how it will be a boon for the region.
They welcomed his suggestion and expressed keenness to build on Chabahar Agreement for regional economic connectivity. They informed the Ambassador that they had been already in talks with other stakeholders. Moreover, anticipating the surge in business and commerce expected due to this agreement, they would be soon opening their office in Tehran in January, 2017.
Ambassador Abdali also discussed with them Afghanistan’s multilateral engagements. Afghanistan has been reaching out and working with its neighbors and international agencies to promote connectivity and greater economic ties. They agreed to organise seminars on Afghanistan’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and also, business programmes on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Ministerial Meeting to be hosted by India in December 2016.