The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with the Turkish minister of trade and discussed investment, industrial parks, setting up exhibitions, and developing small and medium businesses between Kabul and Ankara.
The deputy PM's office said that efforts to increase investment and regional connectivity were also discussed in this meeting.
“In the meeting with the Minister of Trade, the problems faced by Turkish businessmen in Afghanistan and the problems faced by Afghan businessmen in Turkey were discussed and discussions were also held on how to increase the number of Kam Air flights to Turkey,” said Mohammad Yonis Momand, deputy of the Chamber of the Commerce and Investment.
Meanwhile, a number of businessmen said they consider the visit to be important for the improvement of trade between the two countries and said that the challenges in obtaining visas should also be resolved.
“The problem that Afghan businessmen have in the business sector with Turkey is in with visas. If the visa problems are solved, Afghanistan's trade with Turkey will increase even more,” said Zalmai Azimi, a businessman.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, in the first four months of the solar year, Afghanistan's trade with Turkey reached 28 million dollars, $5 million of which were from exports.
“Afghanistan's trade with Turkey during the first four months of 1402 was about 28 million dollars, of which 5 million dollars are exports and 23 million dollars are imports. Our important exported items to Turkey are almonds, carpets, cow hides, cotton, and dried apricots,” said Akhondzada, Abdul Salam, spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Earlier, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said in a meeting with the Turkish trade delegation that currently good opportunities have been provided for investment in agriculture, energy production, infrastructure, industry, communications and other different fields in Afghanistan, and Turkish investors can invest in the country.