Acting Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat of Afghanistan accompanied by Dr. Mohammad Humayoon Qayumi, signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart Miao Wei in Beijing linking Afghanistan to China across the Wakhan district of Badakhshan province through a fiber optic line on April 20, 2017. Under the agreement the fiber optic line would be extended from Kashgar city of China to Faizabad, the provincial capital of northeastern Badakhshan via Wakhan border district. Acting Minister Sadat stated that the implementation of the agreement with China would help Afghanistan move towards self sufficiency. The implementation of the fiber optic line would play a crucial role in realization of the digital Silk Road Project which will connect Afghanistan with Pakistan, India, Tajikistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, China, Turkmenistan and ultimately Europe. The project supports the building of requisite infrastructure for the Afghan Fiber Optic Ring, negotiating related operational and regulatory agreements with neighboring countries and conducting telecommunications training for officials. Developed alongside existing and new roads, the Fiber Optic Ring will generate significant revenue for Afghanistan by transforming it into an Internet Regional Exchange Point, as well as through the provision of ICT services as a hub for neighbors and markets further afield.
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