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Afghanistan, India open 2nd air corridor for trade

Afghanistan, India open 2nd air corridor for trade

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Dec 27, 2017 - 20:24

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and India on Wednesday launched second air corridor for trade, with vice-president Sarwar Danish urging neighboring countries to pay care to economic cooperation in their political policies.

The second air corridor between Afghanistan and India was opened at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul by exporting 40 tons of fresh fruits by Kam Air Airlines from Kabul to Mumbai.

On June 19, President Ashraf Ghani formally inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India first air corridor through which Afghanistan has so far exported 1,640 tons fresh and dried fruits, carpets and medical herbs in 56 flights to India.

Danish said Afghanistan was emphasizing on regional cooperation with neighboring countries and had a clear policy in this regard.

“We want our neighbors to also pay care to economic cooperation in their political policies,” he said.

Calling Chabahar port in Iran another achievement, Danish said Afghanistan was able to transport its products through the sea port to regional countries and beyond.

He said the Kabul-Mumbai air corridor was also a great achievement in economic area of Afghanistan. “We are focusing on our products export to the region and the world using this air corridor,” he added.

Danish thanked the Mumbai governor and said: “We today have the pride that the Mumbai governor is welcoming our products at the airport.”

Khan Jan Alokozay, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) deputy head, talking on behalf of the private sector, said Afghan traders’ transit problems would reduce with the opening of the new air corridor with India.

“Fortunately Afghanistan transported 218,000 tons of fruit this year which is a record in the country’s history, it is because of the government’s attention to this area, we transported 145,000 tons of fruits during the entire last year,” he said.

Alokozay asked the government to open similar air corridors with central Asian and Arab countries as soon as possible.

Deputy foreign minister for economic cooperation, Adila Raz, was also happy about the opening of the Kabul-Mumbai air corridor and termed India as second largest economic partner of Afghanistan.

She said Afghanistan’s access to Indian markets was important as Afghan products through India could reach easily to regional countries and beyond.

“The Afghan government wants to change Afghanistan into an exporter country in order to get rid of poverty, joblessness and economic instabilities”, she said.

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