Wednesday October 27, 2021

World urged to launch economic linkages for prosperity in Afghanistan

September 18, 2021

Islamabad : “Taliban should work for inclusive government, as ethnic identities in Afghanistan are very strong.” Dr. Andrey Kortunov, director of Russian International Affairs Council suggested during an online session with the name ‘Kandahar Dialogue’, organised by Asian Institute of Eco-civilisation Research and Development (AIERD), says a press release.

He urged that the international community should not punish Taliban and Afghan people by sanctioning Afghanistan. He concluded with the remarks that Pakistan is a key player and has most important role to play. Thus, he asked regional countries to work with Pakistan to lay down sound foundation for cooperation.

World needs to take practical steps and launch economic linkages and development initiatives to realise the dream of development, prosperity and sustainable development in Afghanistan, said by Zahid Latif Khan, chairman Asian Institute of Eco-civilisation. He emphasised that China-Pakistan should extend CPEC to Afghanistan. Besides, China should also launch seventh corridor of BRI with the name of Corridor of Peace and Prosperity. He asked the global community to work together and establish a global fund called, ‘Afghanistan Regional Economic Integration Fund’ to assist the people of Afghanistan.

Professor Frank Zheng, senior fellow, CITIC Foundation Reform & Development, China said that China always look for opportunities to assist other countries according to their needs, norms, values and system of governance. China always respect other countries system and never interfere in their internal matters. China will do same with the Afghanistan; we want to partner in development and prosperity of Afghanistan and Afghan people. Professor especially emphasised on the building of the mechanisms for the cooperation in agriculture sector.

There is a need of geo-economic initiatives not geo-strategic, said Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Schiller Institute of USA. She emphasised to look for opportunities of economic integration and creating linkages with BRI. She strongly suggested for a major role of BRI and China. She also suggested to immediately start working on the health, as health sector is facing crisis in Afghanistan.

Senior Journalist Saleem Safi emphasised on the need to understand Afghanistan through the lens of Afghanistan.

Shakeel Ahmad Ramay CEO, Asian Institute of Eco-civilisation Research and Development (AIERD) moderated the session. He shared with the participants that AIERD will soon be organising an international conference on the economic development of Afghanistan.