The 2018 OSCE Asian Conference was co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and the OSCE on November 05, 2018 in Canberra.
The conference was attended by high-level representatives from both the Asian Partners and the OSCE Participating States. The conference focused on three main areas: 1) the utility of multilateral architecture in enhancing security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and OSCE regions; 2) perspectives on strengthening economic connectivity and integration inter alia through liberalizing global trade and investment; and 3) perspectives on promoting human rights and humanitarian issues.
Afghanistan was represented by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador of Afghanistan in Vienna and Mr. Mustainbillah Balagh, Counsellor at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Canberra.
Mr. Soroosh spoke about trade liberalization and trade facilitation as a means of achieving development outcomes, including the sustainable development goals and, in this context, explained Afghanistan’s vision as well as the efforts and progress made by Afghanistan at both national and regional levels including under RECCA. H.E. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel spoke about promoting the role of women in building comprehensive security and explained, among other issues, the adoption and implementation of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325.