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ACCI Delegation meets High-Ranking Representatives in Germany

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ACCI Delegation meets High-Ranking Representatives in Germany

Last week a delegation of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) visited several organizations in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne and Koblenz on an exposure visit to Germany. The delegation trip enabled the ACCI leadership to present the chamber`s activities to high-ranking representatives of the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The main topics were investment possibilities in Afghanistan and regional economic cooperation between Afghanistan and neighboring countries. The chamber delegation was headed by Mohammad Yonass Momand, the Vice-Chairman of ACCI, and Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, the Chief Executive Officer.

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology invited the ACCI delegation to a forum on investment in Afghanistan. In his presentation Mr. Haqjo explained different opportunities for investment in key sectors, such as agriculture, mining, construction and trade. He highlighted that the image of Afghanistan as a business location has been deteriorated by three decades of conflict. Nonetheless, he pointed out that the country provides comparative advantages to foreign investors, which have to be clearly communicated by the government and the private sector. In this regard, Mr. Haqjo presented how the chamber organisation supports foreign investment by providing market information, organizing matchmaking events and advocating for a conducive business climate. Dr. Klaus Hachmeier from the Ministry of Economics and Technology appreciated the activities of ACCI and announced that a business delegation from Germany will come to Afghanistan in the beginning of October.   On this occasion, the ACCI agreed to organize b2b-meetings between Afghan and German companies in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.

In a second meeting the chamber delegation met Dr. Michael Koch, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Foreign Office, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in regional economic cooperation. The Foreign Office sees regional cooperation as a key issue to enhance the conditions for prosperity and stability in the region around Afghanistan. The chamber delegation used this opportunity and presented ACCI`s activities across borders. Both sides agreed that regional agreements like the Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade and Transit Agreement (APTTA) and the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAARC) have been milestones to pave the way for the integration process and that all stakeholders are called upon to ensure their implementation. In this regard, the vice-president of the Afghan-Pakistan Joint Chamber, Mr. Yonass Momand, reported on the activities to mitigate the trade conflict between both countries.

The delegation trip was prepared by the German organization sequa, which has been supporting the ACCI since 2005. The Afghan delegation visited several German organizations, which are active in the field of technical vocational training, investment and export promotion. Among them were the Chamber of Crafts in Koblenz, the Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Cologne, Germany Trade and Invest, the Arab-German Joint Chamber and an industrial park. Furthermore, the delegation discussed the economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Germany in meetings with the German Association of Chambers (DIHK) and the Association of German Industries (BDI).

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries Press Release

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