The Office of the Senior Advisor to the President in Banking and Finance on Sunday said that from now on, Afghanistan is expected to export over 10 tons of goods to Kazakhstan’s capital Almaty on a weekly basis as the two countries try to boost their economic and trade relations.
Afghanistan has also accelerated efforts to open such corridors with Singapore and Indonesia, Sameer Rasa, the Head of the Public Relations Office of the Senior Advisor to the President in Banking and Finance
“We are trying to work on other corridors in other countries in the world alongside this corridor and this has got significance for our exports,” said Rasa.
Alongside fresh and dried fruits and handicrafts, Afghan carpets will also be exported to Kazakhstan markets via air cargo, according to Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).
“It is hoped that Kabul-Dubai and Kabul-Jakarta corridors become operational too, we hope that our exports to other countries in the world increase significantly in the next few years,” said Mir Zaman Popal, head of ACCI.
Afghan exports to Kazakhstan will include carpets, vegetables, fresh fruits, handicrafts and saffron.
ACCI officials have said during the summer the volume of exports of fresh fruits will be doubled to Kazakhstan.
In June last year, President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor during a ceremony at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIR) – a direct route that bypasses Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce and economic activities between the two nations.
Two months ago, Afghan government announced that since the launch of the air cargo corridor between Afghanistan and New Delhi six months ago, fresh produce, dried fruit and medicinal plants to the value of $20 million USD have been exported to India.
The Afghan business community and traders have welcomed this latest initiative and said the air corridor will increase trade volume between Afghanistan and other countries.
During his trip to India in September 2016, Ghani had urged Indian and Afghan businesses to achieve a target of $10 billion USD in trade over the next five years.
In line with the vision, the Indian government announced an improved visa system for Afghan businessmen in order to further strengthen business and commerce relations.