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Turkish business delegation due in Kabul on Saturday

Turkish business delegation due in Kabul on Saturday

Apr 14, 2011 - 19:24

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): A Turkish delegation, comprising officials and traders, is expected to arrive in Kabul on Saturday for signing an agreement on bilateral trade and development cooperation with Afghan counterparts, an official said on Thursday.

Invited by the Afghanistaninfo-icon Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the 25-member delegation is being headed by Turkish commerce minister and the deputy head of Turkey's chamber of commerce and industries, the ACCI deputy director, Khan Jan Alokozai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said both sides would sign the agreement on boosting bilateral trade and increasing contacts between members of the two countries' chambers of commerce.

The visit is part of ACCI efforts at abolishing custom duty on Afghan products in Turkey, he said, adding Turkish traders would be assured necessary facilities in Afghanistan. The visiting delegates would be urged for investment in Afghanistan's rehabilitation projects, Alokozai said.

Currently Afghanistan exports carpets, precious and semi-precious stones, handicrafts and dried fruits to Turkey, which make the country's six percent of total exports.

The ACCI official said the visiting delegation were likely to stay in Afghanistan for a week. They would meet officials of Afghan commerce, finance, mines and other ministries.

A spokesman for the mines ministry, Jawad Omar, said the ministry officials would invite Turkish businessmen to invest in Afghanistan's mines sector. However, he did not provide further details.


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