Ambassador Speaks at Trans-Caspian East-West Trade and Transit Corridor Forum

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib gave opening remarks at the Trans-Caspian East-West Trade and Transit Corridor Forum at the George Washington University. The Corridor brings together the Central Asia, Caspian and Black Sea strategic regions to form a viable trade and transit corridor between Europe and East & South-East Asia. Connecting trade, people and economies, the modern trans-Caspian corridor has an extensive and integrated network of infrastructure, special economic zones, harmonized customs, cross-border procedures and more along this route.

Ambassador Mohib recognized the goal of the conference as raising awareness of regional progress and finding new opportunities for cooperation. He told the conference of Afghanistan’s advantage, its strategic geographic location between Central Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia, making it the region’s natural roundabout. Because of this, he said, Afghanistan has the potential to be a pivotal trade and transit partner within the region and beyond. 

Ambassador Mohib spoke about the TAPI pipeline in Turkmenistan that was inaugurated as well as the signing of a 500 KV transmission line from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan which will change the energy picture. He also discussed plans to transform each of Afghanistan’s nine airports into a special economic zone, estimating that by 2032, Afghanistan could earn as much as $32 billion in revenue. 

Ambassador Mohib concluded by stating that Afghanistan has too much to offer the region and the world, and wants too much for its own future, to not be a full participant in regional trade and transit cooperation.