This year’s OECD Eurasia Week was held from 19-21 November 2018 in Paris with the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and other high-level officials from the Eurasian region. Regional connectivity was discussed and highlighted, among other priority issues, in various segments and thematic sessions during the week.
H.E. the Chief Executive addressed the participants as a keynote speaker in a number of occasions including at the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Roundtable on the findings of Afghanistan Peer Review; the Thematic Session on “Shaping the Future through Gender Policies”; and the Ministerial Session on “Drawing the Lessons, Shaping the Future”. H.E. the Chief Executive spoke about Afghanistan’s vision for economic development and self-reliance and the ongoing efforts and achievements in various reform areas with a special focus on private sector development in the country.
Other speakers from Afghanistan during the week included H.E. Mostafa Mastoor, Minister of Economy; Mr. Ajmal Ahmadi, Advisor to the President; Mr. Zuhoruddin Shirzada, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce; and Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.
As a panelist during the thematic session on Economic Cooperation and Connectivity, Mr. Soroosh spoke about the role that Afghanistan is playing in deepening connectivity and expanding trade in the wider Eurasian region. He highlighted some of the most important trends emerging around Afghanistan’s centrality including the creation of new transport and transit corridors such as the Lapis Lazuli Route.
He briefed the participants about the ongoing efforts and future priorities under RECCA and HoA-IP.