Mr. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo DM for Commerce

Biography of Mr. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo Deputy Minister for Commerce
Mr. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo is the current Deputy Minister for Commerce at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He is an economic expert and a change driven leader with the vision of transforming Afghanistan into an economic hub across the region and beyond. He also envisions integrating Afghanistan to regional and international markets, thereby, lead the country from a consuming economy to an exporting source.

After his graduation from high school, he pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science at the Balkh University, Afghanistan from 1993-97. Furthermore, he joined the University of North West in New York, US to further proceed with his higher education and was graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2013. Besides, his formal education, he has also participated in a number of international trainings on economic development- oriented topics such as: Investment Promotion, Public Policy, Public Private Partnership, Economic Development Models, SME Development, Transforming the Economy of LDCs, E-Governance, Anti-Corruption, Strategic Thinking and Communications, Poverty Reduction and Environmental Impact of Growth.

He holds more than 20 years of professional experience in public and private sectors. Prior to his current position as the Deputy Minister of Commerce, he served as the President and CEO of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) where he undertook a number of reform initiatives, eased the procedure of starting a business and led the agency to become the best Investment Promotion Agency in the Central Asian region, according to IIM Awards- Dubai. Moreover, he served as the Senior Economic Advisor to H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan prior to joining AISA. He has also served as the President and CEO of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries from 2008 to 2014, where he transformed the chamber from a government institution to an active service oriented, dynamic and transparent organization serving as the voice of the private sector while bridging the gap between private and public sectors. He has, furthermore, worked as the Legal Advisor for the European Commission PHDP Perennial for Horticulture Development, Head of Secretariat of the Afghan Chamber Reform Commission, Chairman of Afghanistan Commercial Bank (2013-15), General Director for Policy at the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) of IR of Afghanistan and other senior positions at public and private sector organizations.
Mr. Haqjo has been an active member in a number of national committees such as High Economic Council , Economic Committee of the Cabinet, The Afghan Government Cabinet’s Legal Committee, Council of Ministers Meeting, Three times member of Grand National Assembly (Loya Jirga) deciding on critical issues such as: Strategic Partnership Agreement with US, Peace with Taliban and other major topics, The Afghan Red Crescent Society, Afghanistan SME Loan Fund and MISFA's Board of Directors, Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund’s Board of Directors, Afghanistan Norms and Standards National Committee, Afghanistan High Commission on Investment among others.
He has represented Afghanistan in a number of international platforms discussing the potentials of economic integration in the region through Afghanistan and linking Afghanistan to regional and international markets. He is expert in Public Institution Leadership and Management as well as Policy Analysis, Development and Implementation especially in the areas of Macro and Micro Economic Policy, Strategic Planning, Trade Policy and Facilitation, Investment Policy, Public- Private Partnership Policy, Infrastructure Policy, Fiscal and Monetary Policies, SME Development Policy, Economic Diplomacy, Policy Communications, Policy Implementation and Monitoring. And, he holds strong command over Dari (native), English, Pashto, German, Russian, Hindi and Urdu languages.