Speech of Respected Ms. Kamila Sidiqi Deputy Ministry for Trade affairs of Ministry of Industry and Commerce at the Private Sector meeting in Geneva Conference on Afghanistan

The private sector meeting at the margins of the Geneva Conference for Afghanistan was opened by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Nov, 27, 2018 in the city of Geneva, Switzerland.
At the conference, the President glanced at the Afghan government's potential for trade and private-sector development, and provided information on how exports of Ghalghuzah (Nuts) and other export items to the participants of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.
At the private-sector meeting which was held on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference for Afghanistan, Respected Ms. Kamila Sidiqi Deputy Ministry for Trade affairs of Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that in the coming decade, the growth of the private sector is an important task for the national unity government and is one of the national priority programs.
Ms. Sidiqi said; the Afghan government has taken new steps to protect the private sector based on supporting the domestic industry, increasing exports, strengthening women's presence in business, and removing barriers to trade.
Pointing to the country's position in the World Bank's ranking, it says the ascent of Afghanistan from 183 to 167 in 2018 represents the efforts of the national unity government to bring about fundamental reforms to boost the domestic industry and increase foreign trade.
Ms. Sidiqi says that for the first time, Afghanistan has a national export strategy. This is our compass strategy for attracting investment, increasing competition in exports, integrating women and youth into business, developing and connecting to the value chain, and improving the organizational and regulatory environment.
The DM for trade affairs of Ministry of Industry and Commerce, referring to the reforms to the Department of Central Registration and Intellectual Property, says the cost of issuing a business license to investors has decreased, with the price of each piece of license up to $ 2 and for a period of 3 years of distribution. In the last six months, 4,000 new business licenses have been registered, with a total investment of around $ 100 million, which has made it possible to create job opportunities for 10,000 people.
Ms. Sidiqi says the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in the direction of women's economic growth and empowerment, in partnership with the Afghan Women's Trade and Industry Center, introduces the "Afghan Women's Products Brand " to help Afghan women trade in their products and industries. With their names and logos in markets and sell to the region and the world markets.
Ms. Sidiqi also added; the Afghan government is completing investment projects and has so far managed to establish 13 industrial parks in 11 provinces, with only Barikab's industrial-agricultural park having invested about 1.3 million dollars, and the Attaché’s of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in 16 countries are attracting foreign investors to invest in Afghanistan and marketing products to the markets.
The Deputy Minister for trade affairs of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said at the meeting, referring to the recent talks between the country's authorities and the countries of the region, and the signing of a memorandum and various agreements to expand trade with the countries of the region, added; that Afghanistan signed a number of trade and transit agreements with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the agreements of Lajevard Route and Chabahar Port have the potential economic capacity in order to turn the country into intersection of trade and transit of the region and in this direction our efforts are ongoing.
Ms. Sidiqi also said; the next steps will be to finalize the National Trade Policy Framework, in cooperation with the International Trade Center and the National Priority Program for the development of the private sector, which is ongoing.
Ms. says the Ministry of Industry and Commerce under the leadership and guidance of the National Unity Government leadership is committed to creating a friendly business environment, reforming foresight rules, regulations and policies that support private sector development. We hope that Afghanistan will see further improvements in the business environment in the coming years.