For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 26, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Afghanistan grows high-quality pomegranates, grapes, apples, and other fruits, but has trouble exporting them. Today, a group of Afghan officials, entrepreneurs, and international donors organized a workshop to seek ways to get Afghan produce to markets outside the country and to discuss transit routes, cold storage, trade agreements with neighboring countries, tariffs, customs procedures, and market opportunities. USAID Deputy Mission Director Jerry Bisson spoke at the workshop and highlighted the steady growth of Afghanistan’s dried and fresh fruit exports over the years.
“The dried and fresh fruit sector of Afghanistan has enormous growth potential, as the outcome of the Gulfood Exhibition in Dubai last February showed,” said Deputy Director Bisson.
Afghanistan’s fresh fruit, dried fruit, and juice traders who attended the world-renowned Gulfood Exhibition with USAID support signed millions of dollars in business deals with companies in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and India. Agriculture is a driving force in Afghanistan’s economy and the dried and fresh fruit sector in Afghanistan is one of the key export industries of the Afghan economy, providing thousands of jobs in rural areas.
Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries Mozammil Shinwari and about 20 representatives from the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Customs Department, and the private sector representatives also attended the workshop.
The workshop is one of several USAID efforts that enable the Government of Afghanistan and the private sector to work together to identify solutions to trade challenges and to boost Afghanistan’s exports and its overall economy.
Last updated: March 10, 2014