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First Afghan Russia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Meeting

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First Afghan Russia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Meeting

The first meeting of Afghan-Russia Joint Economic Commission was held on 1st -2nd March 2012 in Moscow, capital of Russia. The Afghan delegation was led by Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance and the Russian delegation was headed by Mr. Sergey Shmatko, Minister of Energy of Russia. Both parties discussed issues pertaining to economic cooperation in the areas of energy, trade, transport, Agriculture, health and education.

A number of Russian companies expressed interest in participating in various areas of energy, industries and transport in Afghanistan. Both parties agreed on participation of RusI dustriaStroi, a Russian firm in rehabilitation and modernizing of Khana Sazi Kabul factory. It is expected that a memorandum of understanding may be signed to that effect.  The Russian side further agreed on rehabilitation of Salang Tunnel, completion of Sarobi-2 project and on financial and technical assistance to Kabul Poly Technic University and other institutions of higher education built by Russia. The Russian side indicated that currently about 500 Afghan scholars are studying in Russia and that they will further increase the number of scholarships. In the end of the meeting a protocol was signed by the heads of the delegation of Afghanistan and Russia.

Referring to the first meeting of Afghan-Russia JEC, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal said, “We made very good progress in the two days of intense discussions and agreed on a number of very important projects but the real test of our progress will be how quickly we turn agreements into physical projects on the ground”

The second meeting of the JEC is expected to be held in Kabul in Mid 2013.

Source: MoF



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