Publish dateTuesday 5 September 2023 - 14:53
Story Code : 276178
Afghanistan is connected to the region and Europe through the economic corridor
Officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate say that Afghanistan has been connected to the region and Europe through economic corridors during the past year.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Kabul: Hafiz Zia Ahmad Takal, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated in an interview with the AVA reporter that Afghanistan will attract economic projects along with its connection to the region and Europe through the CPEC economic corridor.
Takal added that following the provision of national security, large national and international projects have been implemented in the country, and the connection to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor known as "CPIC" is one of these projects.
Based on Takal's statements; Afghanistan has been able to connect to "BRI" through CPEC and will also attract large investments through connecting to this corridor and become a transit crossroads of the region in the future.
At the same time, officials in the Chamber of Commerce and Investment say that Afghanistan's connection to the CPEC economic corridor will lead to economic development and business growth in the country.
Khanjan Alokozay, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Investment, told AVA reporter that connecting to projects and economic corridors like "CPIC" can save Afghanistan from dependence.
Alokozay added that with Afghanistan's connection to the CPEC economic corridor, the country's export of commercial goods will increase.
He expressed his hope that practical works will be started through this corridor as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, economic experts say that although Afghanistan's joining this economic corridor is an important achievement for trade and transit, especially the use of Gawadar port for transportation; But the implementation of the articles of the agreement depends on the policies of Pakistan.
Qutbuddin Miramori, another economic expert, also told AVA reporter that Afghanistan's connection to the CPEC economic corridor can be effective from the point of view of commodity prices, the expansion of the country's economy, the increase in trade between Afghanistan and the member countries, as well as the growth of industry.
Miramuri added that by connecting to Afghanistan's economic corridors, it will become a real crossroads, which will lead to increased competition and investments.
Miramori also said that, on the other hand, connecting to CPIK corridor can provide job creation in the country due to domestic and foreign investments.
Darya Khan Bahir, another economic expert, told AVA reporter that the CPIC project, like other large economic projects, can have a positive impact on the economy of the region, especially the economy of the member countries.
Bahir added that Afghanistan needs to establish its position in this project and undertake a contract that will establish the provisions belonging to Afghanistan.
He pointed out that we did not benefit from the "APTA" contract, which was concluded between Afghanistan and Pakistan, for various reasons, and it is better to consider these issues in the "CPIC" project.
It should be noted that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China's Belt and Road Initiative, was introduced in April 2015 and stretches 2,700 kilometers from the Pakistani port of Gawadar in Baluchistan province, through the Khunjarab Pass in Gilgit-Baltistan, to the northern region. It extends to western Xinjiang, China.
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