Afghanistan: Facilitating Trade, Promoting Economic Growth

July 14, 2019 - July 20, 2019

On July 14-20, 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) will partner with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) to host a trade facilitation workshop, “Facilitating Trade, Promoting Economic Growth,” to accelerate cross-border trade between Afghanistan and its neighbors.  Hosting the workshop in Uzbekistan, CLDP will engage strategic partners from Central Asia to encourage regional trade and provide a match-making environment for Afghan businesses.  A select delegation of Afghan representatives from the public and private sectors will also have the opportunity to visit the recently open free economic zone in Termez, Uzbekistan, where they will observe and study its operations.

 

Building on recent Afghan economic gains, representatives from Afghanistan’s private and public sectors and will explore mechanisms for expanding regional trade through:

 

1. Market Access – Using World Trade Organization (WTO) Membership to support Afghan export-led economic growth and market access;

2. Cargo Transport – Using the TIR Convention to speed shipments and reduce costs for regional cross-border trade

3. Cross-Border Trade Promotion – Engage strategic private-sector partners from the region to encourage trade with Afghanistan and provide business match-making knowledge and opportunities for Afghan businesses; and

4. Government Procurement – Opening new markets and business opportunities through the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).

 

The “Facilitating Trade, Promoting Economic Growth” event will continue CLDP’s support of critical gains achieved in 2018 by the Afghan private sector at the USAID’s “Second Annual Passage to Prosperity International Trade and Investment Show” in Mumbai, India (September 2018) and the United Nations’ Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in Geneva, Switzerland (November 2018).

 

CLDP has identified key Afghan private-sector and government stakeholders to attend “Facilitating Trade, Promoting Economic Growth” and will invite representatives from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the International Road Transport Union (IRU), as well as leading international experts, to facilitate discussions during the workshop in Tashkent.

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