ew York – September 25, 2018, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation Adela Raz spoke today at the Caspian Business Forum co-organized by the Caspian Policy Center and the United States Chamber of Commerce in New York. Other speakers included the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia and Deputy Assistant Secretaries from the US Department of State.
Deputy Foreign Minister Raz spoke about the centrality of Afghanistan as the convergence point between South Asia, Central Asia and Caucasus, the Middle East and the Far East as well as the role that Afghanistan is playing in trade and connectivity at a wider Eurasian continental level.
She highlighted major new and emerging trends centering on Afghanistan including the establishment and operationalization of new transport corridors particularly the Lapis Lazuli Route; the implementation of major regional energy projects such as TAPI gas pipeline and CASA 1000 electricity transmission line; and the establishment of air cargo corridors between Afghanistan and major regional countries.
Deputy Foreign Minister Raz also spoke about RECCA and HoA-IP as two prominent Afghanistan-centered regional cooperation platforms and stressed the importance of bringing greater synergy between various transport and transit corridors in the wider Eurasia region.
Other speakers also highlighted, among other issues, the importance of the Lapis Lazuli Route and the need to further utilize the existing regional cooperation frameworks such as RECCA.