The Academic Dialogue on the Lapis Lazuli Route was organized by the Kabul University in collaboration with the Administrative Office of the President from 25-26 February 2019 in Kabul. The event was attended by high-level officials from the government, professors and students from the Kabul University and other major universities in the country as well as Ambassadors and scholars from other contracting parties and regional partners.
The seminar included the presentation of academic papers and panel discussions on various aspects of the Lapis Lazuli Route including its impact on economic development, trade and connectivity in the wider region.
Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation, MoFA spoke at the closing session. He briefed the participants about the ongoing efforts towards the implementation of the Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement and spoke about the overall impact on economic development in the contracting parties as well as its implications for trade and transit in the wider Eurasian region.
The implementation of the Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement remains a top priority under RECCA. The RECCA Center for Research and Evaluation which was recently inaugurated at MoFA is placing a special focus on the Lapis Lazuli Route under its planned research activities.