The second Afghanistan-UK trade and investment conference was held on Monday in London.
The conference, organized as a partnership between the Afghan and British Chambers of Commerce, aims to develop business relations between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom and to encourage British investments in Afghanistan.
Second Afghanistan-UK Business Conference Held In London
The second Afghanistan-UK trade and investment conference held on Monday in London.
The conference, organized in partnership with the Afghan and British Chambers of Commerce, aims to develop business relations between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom and to encourage British investments in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Embassy in the UK says more than 200 domestic and foreign investors, ministers and representatives of the Afghan and British governments have attended the conference.
At the conference, representatives of the Afghan government discussed the opportunities for investment and trade between Afghanistan and Britain.
Attracting investments in the sectors of mines, agriculture, energy production in Afghanistan, insurance services and packaging of agricultural products of the country were the main topics discussed at the conference.
“At this conference, along with British businessmen who want to invest in Afghanistan, we have also invited Afghan government officials to answer the British businessmen's questions,” said Afghanistan's Ambassador to the UK, Said Tayeb Jawad.
The Ministry of Economic considers the meeting important for attracting investments in the country.
“The meeting was attended by five Afghan cabinet ministers and was set up to develop business relations between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom. Alongside that, efforts are also being made to attract new investment in diverse sectors in Afghanistan,” said Minister of Economy Mustafa Mastor.
In the other hand the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investments (ACCI) is not optimistic about the results of the conference, considering the current problems facing businessmen and investors in the country.
“The government first needs to make the workplace safe and convenient for existing businessmen, because first we need challenges to be resolved,” said ACCI deputy chief Mohammad Younus Mohmand.
This comes after in the end of last year, at the conclusion of the first Afghan-British business conference, an agreement was signed to supply grapes and pomegranate’s juicy with British investors.
The Afghan government expects that this time it will be able to make joint ventures with British businessmen in the context of public-private partnership programs.