A day-long Belgian Catalogues’ Exhibition was held at the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in Kabul on Wednesday.
“The objective is to strengthen trade ties between Belgium and Afghanistan and to inform Afghan traders about the activities of the 100 Belgian companies taking part in the show,” ACCI chief Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said.
He called the show a chance for Afghan and Belgian companies to boost cooperation and pave the ground for foreign investment in the country.
Afghanistan offered good investment opportunities for Belgian companies in energy, transport, telecommunication, agriculture and health sectors, he explained.
“I want to tell international allies they have provided for us a good opportunity as a result of their sacrifices in treasure and blood. But a military presence alone could never bring economic development to our country,” Haqjo said, while addressing Belgian Ambassador Arnout Pauwels.
“Afghanistan needs a strong network of economic infrastructure, so you pull out your military and invest here,” he added.
Abid Hussain, Belgian commercial commissioner to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Kabul was one of the world’s important cities for his country.
He said the exhibition was aimed at introducing Belgian products and encouraging joint business ventures to bring the two countries even closer.
Arnout Pauwels said Afghan dried fruits and saffron were preferred in European countries and elsewhere in the world. He said political and trade relations between the two countries would be improved.