For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Afghan and Kazakh companies met recently to negotiate deals at a Business-to-Business (B2B) event in Kabul. Seventy three Afghan and 16 Kazakh companies from a wide variety of sectors participated in this USAID-supported event, including food processing, energy, pharmaceutical, and construction.
Exporters from Kazakhstan met with high-level trade representatives from Afghanistan’s public and private sectors to discuss possible business deals, exchange information, and strengthen business partnerships between the two countries.
“We want to import wheat and flour and we are looking for a Kazakh partner here. We also want to raise issues such as visas with the Kazakh delegation and try to find solutions,” said a representative from the Kabul-based Khorshid Group.
“Kazakhstan is a key business partner for Afghanistan. I urge Kazakh businesses to invest in the Afghan economy, especially in the mining sector, and the governments of both countries will work together to remove obstacles to business,” said Afghan Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry Mozam Shinwari.
USAID/Afghanistan Deputy Mission Director, Jerry Bisson, stated that “participation in this event clearly demonstrates your readiness to conduct serious business and the potential in the region to further increase trade among countries. Today, we are also achieving two critical objectives: continue a long history of promoting economic ties between the two great countries of Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, and contribute to a robust post-conflict economy in Afghanistan.”
“There is a big demand for our products here, especially for cooking oil and condensed milk,” said Ms. Gulaikhan Myrzagalieva, the owner of Kazakh Maslo-Del Group, who was looking for an Afghan distributor. “We are already present in the Afghan market, but we need a single distributor for the whole country.”
“A strong Afghan economy will lead stability in the region,” noted Kazakh Ambassador to Afghanistan Omirtai Bitimov.
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