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Kam Air to transport fresh fruit to India as per Ghani’s orders

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has stepped in to resolve the Afghan-India air cargo issues by ensuring that 120 tons of fresh fruit is transported to India every week. This comes weeks after long delays in air cargo that left tons

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Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process leaders praise Afghan-India freight corridor

Stakeholders attending the eighth meeting of the Regional Technical Group of Confidence Building Measure on Trade, Commerce and Investment Opportunities under the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process praised the establishment of the India-Afghanistan air freight corridor on Tuesday. “With regard to

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Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia to sign trade agreement

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and Saudi Arabia’s Commerce Minister Majid Bin Al Qasabi met in Riyadh on Thursday to discuss a range of issues including the peace process, bilateral relations and projects funded by Saudi Arabia. According to a

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Pakistan yet to respond to Afghanistan’s APTICA meeting request

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) is still awaiting Pakistan’s response in regards to holding the seventh Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Issue Contract Agreement (APTICA). “Suggestion is sent to Pakistan in order to hold the seventh meeting of APTICA. We

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Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries partners with Indian Center for WTO Studies

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) and the Delhi-based Center for WTO Studies (CWS) have entered into a partnership for the capacity building of MoCI. The partnership agreement was finalized by Mohammad Haqjo, Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industries,

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EU starts a new initiative to strengthen Afghanistan’s trade capacities

The European Union announced a new initiative, called Afghanistan: Trade for Economic Growth (ATEG), which will focus on strengthening the country’s trade capacities and helping it become a vibrant regional economic hub. “The EU is determined to ensure that Afghanistan

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Iran-China railway to pass through six provinces of Afghanistan

Efforts are underway to establish the railway connecting China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Officials of the concerned countries promised commitment in a meeting in Doshanbe, Tajikistan to make the project a success. As part of the agreement, the five

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Afghanistan to ink agreement on Azure Transit Road soon

Ministry of Commerce and Industries announced Sunday that Afghanistan will soon sign agreement with countries situated along the Azure Transit Road, including Turkmenistan and Turkey. As per the agreement, the route will give Afghanistan route access to Europe through Turkmenistan,

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Chamber of Commerce calls for government and donors’ attention to Afghan agriculture sector

The Chamber of Commerce in northern Kunduz province urged the Afghan government and the donors to divert attention to the agriculture sector. This comes as the agriculture business in Kunduz was adversely affected by the election stalemate. According to Dried

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Afghan, Tajik trade turnover 59.6% lower than last year

Tajikistan’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sharif Rahimzoda and Afghanistan’s Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shakir Kargar exchanged perspectives on the development of economic cooperation between the two nations at a meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This comes as the trade

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Second India-Afghan Innovation fair promotes innovation partnership

The 2nd India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair is being held in Mazar-e-Sharif from March 4-5, 2014 to promote innovative partnerships between the business groups and NGOs of the two countries. The Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) is organizing the

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Afghan economic experts identify challenges facing the private sector

A day-long national conference was held in Kabul by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to evaluate challenges facing the private sector. The challenges outlined would be then presented to the presidential candidates to incorporate them in their

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Afghanistan’s exports double this year: Ministry of Commerce and Industries

Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has reported a two-fold increase in Afghanistan’s exports. According to the Ministry’s spokesperson, Afghanistan’s exports stood at USD 62mn in 2012, while the amount has surpassed USD 100mn during the first six months of

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Afghanistan's exports double this year: Ministry of Commerce and Industries

Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has reported a two-fold increase in Afghanistan’s exports. According to the Ministry’s spokesperson, Afghanistan’s exports stood at USD 62mn in 2012, while the amount has surpassed USD 100mn during the first six months of

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Afghanistan’s Qaraqul business booming

Afghan Ministry of Commerce & Industries (MoCI) have reported a 4% rise in Afghanistan’s Qaraqul exports. With about 45,000 pieces of Qaraqul hats exported this year, the figure is expected to increase further through the end of this year. According

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Afghanistan's Qaraqul business booming

Afghan Ministry of Commerce & Industries (MoCI) have reported a 4% rise in Afghanistan’s Qaraqul exports. With about 45,000 pieces of Qaraqul hats exported this year, the figure is expected to increase further through the end of this year. According

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Depreciating Afghani causing price-hike in the market

The increasing prices of essential commodities has become intolerable among the Afghan people. The Lower House of the Parliament summoned Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Chief of the Central Bank Noorullah Dilawari and Deputy Commerce and Industry Minister Muzammil Shinwari

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60% increase in Afghanistan's agricultural products exports

Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce and Industries have reported a 60% increase in Afghanistan’s agricultural products exports. Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi cited suitable climate and improvement in Afghan products’ packing quality as the factors behind the boost in the exports of agri

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60% increase in Afghanistan’s agricultural products exports

Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce and Industries have reported a 60% increase in Afghanistan’s agricultural products exports. Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi cited suitable climate and improvement in Afghan products’ packing quality as the factors behind the boost in the exports of agri

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Afghan official accuses Uzbekistan of “improper attitude” towards Afghan traders

In a press conference on Tuesday, Afghan Director of Commerce Mohammad Hashim Barna alleged that Uzbekistan’s “improper attitude” towards Afghanistan has been the cause of trade barriers in northern Afghanistan. He said Afghan entrepreneurs were given bad treatment in Uzbekistan.

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Aqina port revenue up by 57%- Afghan officials

Afghan government generated revenue of USD 37.35mn during the year 1391, marking an increase of 57% from last year’s income. The Customs Department Head Shahabuddin Bawar linked the boost in the revenue to increased trade activity and improved security. Port

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Afghan and Indian investors attend a joint conference in Kabul

A delegation of Indian companies attended a joint conference held in Kabul on Sunday. The conference was attended by 18 Indian companies from various sectors, including cement production, agriculture, car manufacturing, water consulting services, energy and infrastructure, electronics and transportation.

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ACCI calls for a national policy that addresses regional transit problems

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) urged the government to enforce a national policy that incorporates a national transit strategy. Lack of a national transit strategy has complicated the more regional problems related to transport, ultimately impacting businesses

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Afghanistan’s accession to WTO possible this year- Commerce Minister

Commerce and Industries Minister Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahady said Afghanistan is likely to complete the accession process to the World Trade Organization this year. “Afghanistan’s WTO accession process has gone well. We hope we would be able to complete the

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US-Afghanistan TIFA Council 7th meeting

 Senior officials from the Governments of the United States and Afghanistan met Wednesday to continue their trade dialogue and evaluate progress under the United States-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). The officials discussed a wide range of trade and

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