Published on LalitKjha.com, by Lalit Kjha, November 13, 2010.
Afghanistan hopes export of its goods to India would significantly increase following the recently signed transit trade agreement between Kabul and Islamabad which comes into force later this month.
“We hope our exports would increase to India. Now we can export our goods through Wagah and that is much more economical for us to do,” visiting Afghan Minister for Commerce and Industries Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady told PTI.
“As you know, we are not in a position to bring goods from India through Wagah, although we are hopeful that eventually that problem would be resolved,” he said.
An agreement in this regard between Afghanistan and Pakistan was signed last month following several decades of negotiations.
The Minister said that Afghanistan would like to revisit the issue and make India a part of this agreement so that Afghanistan can import goods from India, which he argued would be economically beneficial to his country … //
… For now, Afghanistan would focus more on exporting dry fruits to India and fresh fruits to India.
“But in the longer term, we would try to find a niche in the manufacturing sector to produce goods that we can sell to the countries of the region including India,” he said.
“Even though India has its own carpet industry, we think our carpet industry is competitive and we hope to be able to sell our carpets in the regional market as well,” Ahady said. (full text).