RECCA enters day 2: Ghani stresses regional cooperation
KABUL (Pajhwok): The sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VI) entered a second day on Friday with remarks from President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, stressing regional cooperation in areas of energy, natural resources and trade.
Titled The Silk Road Through Afghanistan, the summit was inaugurated on Thursday with dignitaries from the Presidential Palace, the Chief Executive office and representatives from 30 countries and 40 international and regional organisations in attendance.
In yesterday’s session, technical groups discussed projects concerning regional connectivity, energy, natural resources, private sector development, support and cooperation of regional countries with Afghanistan in areas of trade and investment. They are to present their recommendations today.
President Ghani called the summit important for strengthening regional economic relations and implementation of major projects, stressing further cooperation in this regard.
Rabbanihighlighted the importance of regional cooperation for his landlocked country, saying Afghanistan was rich in natural resources but foreign support for tapping its underground wealth.
RECCA started back in 2005 and the previous five summits were held in Kabul, New Delhi, Islamabad, Istanbul and Dushanbe respectively.
Mohammad Shakib Mustaghni, foreign ministry spokesman, says the Kabul summit would differ from the previous meetings. It will discuss mechanisms for tracking, monitoring of and follow-up to the projects.
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