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Afghan traders unhappy with Uzbek show conduct

Afghan traders unhappy with Uzbek show conduct

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Jul 18, 2019 - 16:34

TASHKENT (Pajhwok): Afghan traders say due to wrong management of the first-ever joint trade fair in Uzbekistan, they could not achieve some contracts.

Afghanistaninfo-icon’s products went on display at the first-ever joint trade fair with Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Industries and Commerce (MoIC) said on Wednesday.

Acting Commerce Minister Ajmal Ahmady thanked the government of Uzbekistan for dynamic economic ties with Afghanistan and the warm welcome he received during his visit to Tashkent.

The first-ever joint trade show was inaugurated in Tashkent, where the two sides agreed to boost trade and economic cooperation.

The MoIC facilitated 72 Afghan traders to showcase dry fruits, saffron, marble, carpets and other products. The ministry prepared 65 booths - 40% of booths owned by Afghan womeninfo-icon

“It was a great pleasure addressing the 2nd session of the Afghan-Uzbek Public Private Dialogue (PPD). Both sides have already communicated their MFN tariff rates and will soon conclude a draft inter-governmental agreement on air services,” he tweeted.

Mir ZamanPupal, the Afghan commerce department head in Tashkent, told Pajhwok that 86 Afghan traders showcased dry fruits, saffron, marble, carpets and other products in 65 booths.

The MoIC said the exhibition was aimed at strengthening Afghanistan and central Asia countries cooperation.

However, a number of participants of the show were not happy over what they called ‘incorrect’ management of the exhibition where they did not meet with some traders.

Haji Mohammad Iqbal Kohistani, the Afghan Bazaar Rug firm’s head, told Pajhwok that the exhibition was good but only common people visited the exhibition for purchasing products.

He said so far only a few Uzbek traders had arrived and signed contracts with a few firms.

A number of other Afghan traders held similar views and were concerned about the less number of participants at the exhibition.

On the other hand, the commerce and industry minister said “In the business trip to #Uzbekistan, I also met Afghan traders and heard their trade-related problems. We will provide broader facilities for our traders to lead to enhancement of #Afghanistan’s export volume to Uzbekistan,” he wrote.

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