Meeting With the Japan External Trade Organization
November 30, 2016: Dr. Bashir Mohabbat, Deputy-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, attended a meeting with members of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), including Mr. Takashi Tsunemi, Director, Middle East and Africa Division, Mr. Tadashi Sasaki, Global Strategy Middle East, Planning Department, and Dr. Hitoshi Suzuki, Chief Senior Researcher, Inter-disciplinary Studies Center. The meeting took place at JETRO’s offices in Minato, Tokyo.
Dr. Mohabbat, together with the members of JETRO, highlighted the importance of Afghanistan-Japan relations, noting that Afghanistan is one of the very few countries in the Middle East which has maintained stable political, cultural, and economic relations with Japan before and after the Second World War.
Both parties agreed that while the Afghanistan has enormously lucrative investment potential, security concerns hinder business and trade between Afghanistan and Japan. They recognized that while regional growth, investment, and trade in the region has nothing but surged in recent years, Afghanistan’s full potential cannot be realized without proving to Japanese companies that their interests are guarded against disruptions, whether political, economic, or social in nature. The meeting was concluded with the promise of working toward increased stability through international cooperation and effective marketing of Afghan products in Japan.