H.E. Mr. Mohammad Farhad Azimi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Kazakhstan, met with Ablay Myrzakhmetov, Chairman of The national chamber of entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken and his deputy, Mr. Noor Ali.
At this meeting, Mohammad Khoshhal Farahi, the second secretary and in charge of political and economic Department of the Embassy also attended.
At the outset, Mr. Myrzakhmetov welcomed H.E. Ambassador and briefed him about their plans with the Afghan Chamber of Commerce.
Subsequently, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expressed his gratitude to Mr. Myrzakhmetov for the opportunity to meet with them and spoke on the cooperation of the Republic of Kazakhstan in various fields with Afghanistan. He then stated that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is interested in investing Kazakh companies in different sectors and participating in government projects in the bidding process, taking into account their experiences and capacities.
Fortunately, the first Kazakh Company named INTEGRA participated in the implementation of the Heart-Khaf railway project, which will soon be finalized. Afghanistan is interested in investment of public and private companies in the Mazar-e-Sharif-Herat railway project, while the Afghan Railway Administration is willing to cooperate with these companies with good and effective methods. The Afghan security problems are unthinkable for the implementation of this project, and the Kazakh railway company and other large construction companies active in Kazakhstan have the ability and capacity to implement this project.
According to the Kazakh export sector, the business turnover with Afghanistan amounted to $550 million, but these numbers are not confirmed by Afghanistan and show a higher figure. Import from Afghanistan to Kazakhstan is about $10 million, which is by no means acceptable to Afghanistan, while Afghanistan has the potential to increase this figure by increasing exports. The Afghan ambassador linked the low export rate of Kazakhstan from Kazakhstan to the ban on export of petroleum by the Kazakh government to Afghanistan and linked the low import from Afghanistan to failure to provide the necessary facilities for imported goods and Afghan businessman.
Subsequently, Mr. Myrzakhmetov assured the Afghan Ambassador that they, in consultation with the Kazakh government will find the solution on the issues mentioned by His Excellency and with the joint efforts of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce will try to resolve the aforementioned issues. Additionally, He stated that taking into account the agreements with other countries would do the same with Afghanistan in order to provide business facilities. He asked the Afghan Chamber of Commerce to analyze the issues of Afghan-Kazakh trade relations and to propose meaningful solutions for the further expansion of economic and trade relations in order to co-operate with each other in our governments so that both sides be able to solve the business problems.
After that, he purposed and discussed with regard to creation of the Afghan market, saying that if Afghanistan is ready to create such a market in line with the modern market criteria in Kazakhstan, we are ready to cooperate with our Afghan brothers.
At last, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Farhad Azimi presented a gift to Mr. Myrzakhmetov, who was pleased to welcome him.