Kabul – Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai inaugurated the 6th RECCA (Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan) coordination, preparation and consultation process in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This meeting was held with the participation of Deputy Ministers of various Ministries and independent entities including public and private sectors, during which, Mr. Karzai stated that: “RECCA is an important regional economic cooperation which is lead, focused and owned by Afghanistan.”
The 6th RECCA is due to be held on September 3rd and 4th with the participation of Foreign or Economic/ Development or Commerce of about 70 counties and regional and international organizations in Kabul city.
Mr. Karzai added that the conference is themed as “The Silk Road through Afghanistan”. As the Afghan President, Mr. Ashraf Ghani stated: “We want to revive the Silk Road and turn Afghanistan into a hub between South Asia and Central Asia.”
Since the inception of the National Unity Government, the leaders of the government have given the foreign policy of Afghanistan a new definition and have initiated efforts to stimulate and integrate Afghanistan’s relations with other countries in the world, especially the neighboring and regional countries, in the five specific circles.
The RECCA and the Istanbul-Heart of Asia processes which were initiated in 2005 and 2011 respectively are complementary processes, because RECCA is centered on regional economic cooperation and Istanbul-Hear of Asia process is focused on political-security cooperation, generally aiming for trust building among the regional countries.
Later on, Economic Cooperation Director of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Wahidullah Waisi shed light on the preparations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 6th RECCA and holding round table meetings and its preparations and added that these round tables would include four divisions:
- Energy and Natural Resources,
- Railways and Roads,
- Regional Trade and Transportation (Transit) Expansion, and
- Economic Services in the region, including strengthening private sector, investment, business opportunities, telecommunication, employment and labor, professional educations, and countering disaster.
At the end, the queries regarding how the round table meetings would be held for the 6th RECCA was answered.
It is worth mentioning that RECCA was initiated in 2005 and is held every two years in New Delhi, Islamabad, Istanbul and Dushanbe respectively.