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USAID event in India seeks to boost Afghan sales

USAID event in India seeks to boost Afghan sales

Sep 07, 2018 - 00:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The second annual “Passage to Prosperity (P2P): India - Afghanistaninfo-icon International Trade and Investment Show” will kick-off in Mumbai, India next week with the aim to ensure more Afghans sell their products for good prices, the US Agency for International Development said on Thursday.

USAIDinfo-icon said in a statement that the agency is supporting the trade show that will kick off on September 12 to serve as a platform for international traders and investors to connect with Afghan sellers for a range of products and services, including agricultureinfo-icon, textiles, gems and jewelry, educationinfo-icon, healthcare and energy, .

The P2P comes on the heels of a USAID-funded trade mission to India in July 2018, which generated $78 million in signed agreements for Afghan agricultural products.

USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith said: “We are working with international buyers and investors to link them with Afghan private sector partners such as processors and traders to ensure that more Afghan farmers can sell their products for good prices, feed their families and educate their children.”

Agriculture is at the heart of Afghanistan’s economy and provided over $700 million in annual exports in 2017.

USAID agriculture programs are making a concerted effort to increase exports. Since October 1, 2017, USAID-supported agricultural programs facilitated over $181 million in sales for Afghan sellers.

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