European Union to assist Afghanistan in expanding trade and exports

KABUL (TCA) — The European Union Delegation in Afghanistan will provide technical and financial support to Afghanistan to improve the country’s trade and exports, TOLOnews reported.

The European Union has helped in preparing national economy policy with the Afghan government which will help in expansion of trade ties between Afghanistan and the world, said Maurizio Cian, Head of Cooperation, the EU Delegation to Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan has proudly joined the World Trade Organization which is a tool that can actively foster the overall international trade. The European Union started this project and we definitely committed to foster this policy. The development of Afghanistan depends on private sector and the private sector depends on trading, importing and exporting,” he said.

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries meanwhile called on the Afghan government to resolve the issue of goods smuggling and expand trade ties with other countries.

“Many foreign organizations have tried so far to enhance business sector in Afghanistan, but now there is a need that government should have a clear approach to receive the international community’s assistance in this sector,” economic affairs analyst Azerakhsh Hafizi said.

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries says the institution is working to enhance trade and transit, and prevent smuggling of goods to and from the country.

“Government is trying to increase the number of customs offices in border areas to prevent the smuggling of goods. Also, we have plans to boost Afghanistan’s trade with neighboring countries,” the head of the transit department of the ministry, Mohammad Yahya Akhlaqi, said.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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