Ambassadors of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan in Washington D.C. held a joint program called “Doing Business in Central Asia” and presented their perspectives with U.S. investors. Ambassador Roya Rahmani underscored the enormous economic potential of Eurasia and the critical role that Central Asia, including Afghanistan, plays in facilitating that growth.
In her opening remarks, Ms. Lisa Curtis, Deputy Advisor to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the U.S. National Security Council noted that the US has a strong interest in Central Asia and will support empowering regional trade and integration in Central Asia.
Ambassador Rahmani expressed appreciations of the government and the people of Afghanistan to the U.S. Government for their support to Afghanistan under the C5+1 platform, the key engagement mechanism between the U.S. and Central Asia. All the ambassadors agreed that their countries as neighbors share a destiny, adding that the region has passed a point of return in regional integration and cooperation. Members of the U.S. business community expressed a strong interest in the region and deepening their business footprints. In conclusion, Ambassador Rahmani stated “we thank US-Central Asia Business Council and Baker Mackenzie for facilitating this important and timely dialog. We look forward to working with the stakeholders to link Central Asia and South Asia.”