The International Conference on “Afghanistan as Regional Transit Hub” was organized by the Administrative Office of the President on September 12, 2019 at the Kabul Polytechnic University with the participation of high-ranking officials, heads of diplomatic missions, scholars and students.
The Conference was opened by H.E. Yama Yari, Minister of Transport of Afghanistan followed by three panels on regional economic cooperation and major transit routes between Afghanistan and countries in the wider region.
The first panel was moderated by Minister Yama Yari and focused on transit routes between Afghanistan, Central Asia and Caucasus. The speakers included H.E. Ambassador of Turkmenistan, H.E. Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Deputy Chief of Mission of Turkey and Mr. Yamma Shams, Dircetor General of the Afghanistan Rail Authority.
The second panel was moderated by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation, MoFA and the speakers included Mr. Wang Daxue, Charge d’Affaires of the People’s Republic of China in Kabul; Mr. Janan Mosazai, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan and China; Mr. Sheikh Ahmad Matin, Deputy Minister of Transport and Mr. Hojat Fazly, Deputy CEO of Afghanistan – International Chamber of Commerce. This panel discussed the transit routes and corridors between Afghanistan and China including under the BRI and RECCA.
The third panel was moderated by Mr. Hamidullah Farooqi, Chancellor of the Kabul University and Advisor to the President and the speakers included H.E. Ambassador of India to Afghanistan, H.E. Ambassador of Iran to Afghanistan; Mr. Ajmal Abdulrahimzai, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, and Mr. Mansour, Director of the National Economy at the Administrative of Office of the President.
Among other priority issues, the speakers stressed the importance of addressing both hard and soft infrastructure as well as the significance of synergy and complementarity at both institutional and policy levels.