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Afghanistan Reconnected

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CII was invited to make presentation on the view of business community in forging economic cooperation between India & Afghanistan.
The major points which were discussed included potential for Afghanistan to act as an economic land bridge in Asia, developing soft infrastructure for regional economic cooperation, how to increase trade volumes and stimulate cost reduction, enhanced border management, transit facilitation, implementation of Afghanistan – Pakistan Trade and Transit Agreement , finding markets for Afghan products in ECO, SCO and SAARC member countries.

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Afghanistan Reconnected

  1. 1. © Confederation of Indian IndustryAfghanistan ReconnectedThe Potential for Afghanistan to Act as an EconomicLand bridge in AsiaPresentation on Priorities for the business sector; Findingmarkets for Afghan products in ECO,SCO and SAARC membercountries; Promoting Private –Public PartnershipsManish MohanDirector & Head- South AsiaConfederation of Indian Industry (CII)April 10, 2013
  2. 2. © Confederation of Indian IndustryRole of CII inPromoting Business in AfghanistanLong Standing Engagement- Opening up of office in 2002- India Show in 2002 on Manufacturing / TechnologicalCapabilities of Indian Companies ( has resulted in thepresence of several large construction & infrastructuralcompanies in Afghanistan)
  3. 3. © Confederation of Indian IndustryMr Subodh Bhargava, Past President, CII in a session withH E Mr Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
  4. 4. © Confederation of Indian IndustryLong Standing engagement- Capacity building• 25 Afghan candidates trained by CII under CII Skill DevelopmentProgramme
  5. 5. © Confederation of Indian IndustryLong Standing engagement- Capacity building• Women led Chambers comprising small entrepreneurs• Setting up of Training Institute in Kabul in partnership withGovernment of India. 1000 Afghans trainedRole of CII & Business in Afghanistan
  6. 6. © Confederation of Indian IndustryLong Standing engagement- Generating Self-employment
  7. 7. © Confederation of Indian IndustryDelhi Investment Summit on Afghanistan:28th June 2012 in New Delhi• CII in partnership with Governments of India & Afghanistanand with support of the Afghan Investment Support Agencyand Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industryorganized Delhi Investment Summit• Over 500 business representatives from Afghanistan, Indiaand across the world came together with senior policymakers to map out exciting new opportunities for theinternational business community in Afghanistan.Contd…..Recent Engagements of CII
  8. 8. © Confederation of Indian IndustryDelhi Investment Summit on Afghanistan: 28 June 2012 inNew Delhi• Five Senior Cabinet Ministers• Senior Government officials• 106 Afghan companies• 200 Indian companies and• 90 International companies andorganizations from almost 34countries participated in theSummit.•This was the first time that India hosted an Investment Summitfor another country.
  9. 9. © Confederation of Indian IndustryKey recommendations of Delhi InvestmentSummit on Afghanistan, 28th June 2012 in NewDelhi• Government of Afghanistan Provide Incentives for Investments, Early Bird Incentives, RegulatoryFramework, Investment matchmaking, Infrastructural development• International Business Community Strengthening of IT Sector , Corporate Social Responsibility, Skill andHuman Development, Women Empowerment, B2B Forum• International Community Mutual Compact, International Funds for Afghan SMEs, Land lockedto Land linked , Risk Mitigation through Insurancecover, International market access for Afghanistan’sproducts, incentives to International Investors, Financial resources
  10. 10. © Confederation of Indian IndustryTokyo Conference on Afghanistan, 8th July 2012• CII made a presentation at the Tokyo Conference onAfghanistan on the key recommendation of DelhiInvestment Summit• Key Highlights and achievement of Tokyo summit International community pledged 16 billion USD Offered help both in terms of financial terms, capacitybuilding and scholarships.
  11. 11. © Confederation of Indian IndustryKey activities/ programmesRegular participation of Afghan Ministers and Businessdelegation in the CII Flagship programmes Partnership Summit Indian Mining and Machinery Exhibition Agro Tech Fair Global MSME SummitParticipation of Afghanistan in India
  12. 12. © Confederation of Indian IndustryBusiness Interaction of the Captains of IndianIndustry with H E Mr HamidKarzai, President of Afghanistan on 10thNovember 2012 at MumbaiPresident Karzaiinvited IndianIndustry to invest inkey sectors ofAfghanistan Mining Agriculture SME Infrastructure
  13. 13. © Confederation of Indian IndustryVisit of CII Business delegation toAfghanistan, March 2013• Recently, an 18 member business delegation visited Kabuland met with the Chambers of Commerce & Industry, KeyMinisters, AISA, USAID and other institutions• The delegation had fruitful B2B meetings.• Large conglomerates of Indian Industry such as TataGroup, Ashok Leyland, Dabur, Escorts, KEC, WAPCOSetc• The business interest of the delegation represented diversesectors including Automobiles, AgriBusiness, Machinery, FMCG, ElectricalMachinery, Ayurvedic Herbs and products
  14. 14. © Confederation of Indian IndustryVisit of CII Business delegation toAfghanistan, March 2013
  15. 15. © Confederation of Indian IndustryB2B Meetings in Progress
  16. 16. © Confederation of Indian IndustryMinisters of Afghanistan addressing theCII Delegation in Kabul
  17. 17. © Confederation of Indian IndustryTo intensify its business engagement inAfghanistan, CII has signed an MOU with thefollowing partners:Institutional Partnerships•Afghanistan Chamberof Commerce &Industries ( ACCI)•AfghanistanInvestment SupportAgency ( AISA)
  18. 18. © Confederation of Indian IndustryThe potential areas of Indian investments and cooperation are:Agri Business• Huge potential in agri business and agro processing.• Produces hybrid varieties of grapes, pomegranates, melonsand apples etc.• Produces dry fruits includingalmonds, walnut, pistachio, figs, raisins and apricots etc.• India can leverage the advantage of geographical proximityfor agro processing and value addition of these products• Can help Afghanistan in technology transfer, skillbuilding, cold storages and various other facilitiesThe Untapped Potential
  19. 19. © Confederation of Indian IndustryOther potential sectors for investment inAfghanistan• Mining• Oil and gas sector• Power generation• Telecommunication• Health care• Tourism• IT sector• Housing and construction• Banking and Financial servicesThese Areas are still underdeveloped which make it the opportune time for Indianinvestors to cultivate customers and establish a first mover advantage.
  20. 20. © Confederation of Indian IndustryImpediments to trade and investments• Lack of information on product profile• Infrastructure including power , road etc• Investment Law• Banking and Telecommunication link• Legal protection for investors• Lack of availability of skilled manpower• Law and order situation
  21. 21. © Confederation of Indian IndustryWay Forward• Road shows in India to showcase business opportunities andattract investments into Afghanistan• Exposure of Afghan businessmen to India• Creating adequate human skills through capacity buildingwhich would in turn strengthen trade and investmentlinkages.– Training the Trainers ( TOT) programmes
  22. 22. © Confederation of Indian IndustryThank You

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