Brussels Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation

Kabul, 26 August 2016: The Brussels Conference is a one-day meeting dedicated to Afghanistan. The Government of Afghanistan and the European Union will co-host the Conference. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will represent Afghanistan. President of the European Council Donald Tusk will represent the EU.

Representatives from 70 countries and 30 international organizations and agencies will attend. We expect participation at the Foreign Minister level or above. International organizations will be represented by their leadership.

For the Afghan Government it will be an opportunity to set out its vision for the future by presenting the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework and to showcase its track record on reforms.

For the international community it will be an occasion to send a strong political and financial message in support of peace, state-building and development in Afghanistan and to reaffirm its commitment to Afghanistan’s future peace, stability, prosperity by keeping support at or near current levels.

The main conference will be on 5 October 2016. Two side events on 4 October 2016 will focus on Gender and Regional Economic Cooperation respectively.

The Regional Economic Cooperation event is expected to generate political support at the highest levels, identify financing gaps, and determine next steps for realistic regional economic cooperation projects. Our goal is to mobilize political will from all regional actors to move regional integration forward and realize the region’s true potential.

The focus will be on the role of regional cooperation and economic integration to promote stability and prosperity for Afghanistan and its neighbors. This is an important pillar of our foreign policy. CASA-1000, TAPI and the Chabahar projects are examples of tangible steps. These initiatives will bring us closer, and provide financial, socio-economic, political and security benefits for the entire region. Regional economic cooperation can provide a platform for our interests to converge, build confidence and provide incentives for peace.

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Source: RECCA.AF