ALMATY (TCA) — Kazakhstan has opened its first trading house in Kabul in an effort to expand bilateral trade with Afghanistan.
The trade house was opened with the assistance of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Embassy in Afghanistan, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported on its website.
“We want to expand trade with Afghanistan through various outlets. The opening of the trading house will pave the way for entrepreneurs of both countries in development of closer ties in trade, and we hope that the Afghan Government will be able to achieve great economic growth through the development of trade relations with Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan may be a good alternative for the import of food products, along with other countries,” said Kazakhstan Ambassador in Afghanistan Omirtay Bitimov.
In recent years, Kazakhstan has imported goods from Afghanistan in the amount of $3 million and exported goods for $333 million (mainly flour and oil).
“The opening of the trading house is a good start for the development of trade relations with Afghanistan. Domestic producers will be free to put their products in the largest trade fair pavilion, the Expo Centre of Afghanistan. The representatives of the pavilion are ready to be business partners with Kazakhstani producers in the local market. In addition to individual stands at the pavilion, businesses can get information about marketing and sales of their products in Afghanistan, as well as establish new business contacts,” said Meirbek Mazhitov, the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Kazakhstan.