A delegation from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in a meeting with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday called for swift action to implement China’s One Belt One Road project and to boost economic and trade relations between the two countries.
The implementation of the One Belt One Road project would play a significant role in boosting Afghanistan’s economic relations with the world, Abdullah said at the meeting.
The chief executive’s office said Afghanistan is committed to enhancing its economic and trade ties with China.
“It is a historic route and it has a long history in Afghanistan. The National Unity Government is determined about the revival of the route. No doubt, Afghanistan has its own interests in the revival of this route,” said Omid Maisam, the chief executive’s deputy spokesman.
Meanwhile, officials from Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) urged government to ‘seriously’ focus on the implementation of One Belt One Road project by defining comprehensive strategies.
“If we lost this opportunity, we will never manage to take part in regional mega projects. This project has major importance for us [Afghanistan],” the ACCI spokesman Siyam Pesarlai said.
The One Belt One Road is a Chinese economic and diplomatic program which is aimed at transforming trade in the region.
The Chinese government has pledged that it will allocate $40 billion in the initial phase of the project.
Reports indicate that the government of Tajikistan, which is part of the route, has managed to attract Chinese investors to invest in that country. However, the Afghan government is yet to announce its programs about the key economic project.
The Afghan leadership in different occasions in international level has tried to preview Afghanistan’s economic reputation when it comes to implementation of the One Belt One Road initiative. However, this is the first time that Kabul hosts a high level delegation from China for conducting discussions in this respect.