Monday, 25 June 2018

Afghanistan and Uzbekistan officials discussed the establishment of a free trade zone in the border areas between the two countries

Over 40 representatives of public and private sectors of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan participated in a meeting which was organized by the European Union and the International Trade Center. On the sideline of the meeting, Afghan and Uzbek representatives of private sector signed an agreement on establishing a joint trade center in Uzbekistan’s Termez City. Trade volume between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan will increase significantly after creation of the trade zone.
“The President Ashraf Ghani in his last meeting with President of Uzbekistan invited Uzbek investors to invest in Herat mines. It was interesting for Uzbek investors and we want Uzbekistan to invest in other mines too,” an Afghan official said.
"It is a good platform to introduce to Afghan businessmen our products. Except that we are now thinking about and already discussed the possibility of the border trade,” said Jamshid Khodjaev, Minister of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan.
The European Union and the International Trade Center officials said organizing such meetings will play a crucial role in improving trade ties between the two countries.

“Since the improvement of our relations with Uzbekistan in terms of trade, we have been witnessing good progress in this regard,”  the deputy head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said.