MEETING WITH THE CO-CHAIR OF POLIO PARTNER GROUP IN GENEVA
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On 20 August 2015, Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’affairs of the Embassy and Permanent Mission Afghanistan to the United Nations met with Ms. Carole Lanteri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Monaco and Co- Chair of the Polio Partners Group in her office in Geneva.
At the commencement, Mr. Omar provided an update on the improvements made in the area of eradication of Polio in Afghanistan, as there has been a significant decline in confirmed polio cases in Afghanistan. On the progress made by the Ministry of Public Health, Mr. Omar mentioned that, “Afghanistan Health sector has made a notable progress over the last decades. There is an increase in the number of functioning health facilities which has resulted in expanding primary health care services all over Afghanistan. Most of Afghanistan remains polio free; the confirmed cases are in the southern province of Helmand and Kandahar provinces which are near to the Pakistani border. The cases of Polio in Afghanistan are directly linked to the increase of Polio cases in Pakistan.
Ms. Lanteri expressed her concern about the refusal of Polio by religious leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan; she questioned whether or not the Afghan religious leaders support the polio campaign in Afghanistan? In a reply to that Mr. Omar iterated that, Afghanistan religious leaders support polio eradication, and normally mosques and religious centers are used as Polio centers.
On the sideline of the discussion on polio, there was exchange of ideas on establishing business opportunities between Afghanistan and Monaco, particularly the import of fresh and dry-fruits from Afghanistan to Monaco. Ms. Lanteri expressed her willingness to discuss the matter with the Monaco’s Chamber of Economic Development in order to fully facilitate import and export between both countries.
DISCUSSING ITC UPCOMING PROJECTS IN AFGHANISTAN
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On 21 August 2015, Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’Affair of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations visited the International Trade Center (ITC) Headquarter in Geneva. Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the ITC, received Mr. Omar and his accompanied representatives in her office to discuss the future projects in Afghanistan.
Ms. Gonzalez said, “ITC is committed to focus on producing economic opportunities for the countries. Afghanistan is in our priority list and the center of our attention in Afghanistan is in three areas”:
1). Support Afghanistan accession to WTO
2). Provide services on sanitation
3). Giving Afghanistan access to Chinese Market
Mr. Omar while thanking Ms. Gonzalez for her update added that “International Community has always been a good partner of Afghanistan, but unfortunately some of the projects on the ground are not sustainable. There is sometimes duplication in their projects. Furthermore, people in Afghanistan do not only need information sharing on risk, but acquire practical projects to prevent those risks. For instance this year Heart province produced 125,000 tons of grapes of more than 70 types, but unfortunately due to inadequate access to market, lack of storage, and transportation facilities, those grapes did not reach international market.
Ms. Gonzalez praised the matter discussed and added that “We make sure there is no duplication in our projects. We sent team of experts to Afghanistan to make sure all our projects are aligned with the priority of the Afghan government and in doing so, we believe together with the Afghan government we can obtain results of our projects.
Ending the fruitful meeting, Mr. Omar thanked Ms. Gonzalez on behalf of the Afghan government for the active role of ITC in Afghanistan and expressed the commitment in supporting ITC projects in Afghanistan.