10 July, 2019, Kabul, Afghanistan: With support from UNDP Afghanistan, the Regional Economic Cooperation (RECCA) Chamber of Commerce and Industries was inaugurated last Wednesday.
A RECCA Chamber of Commerce & Industries was proposed and endorsed at RECCA-VII in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan with a view to provide a platform – represented voluntarily by the heads of chambers of commerce and industries from across the RECCA region to further enhance regional business-to-business partnership, trade, and investment expansion goals.
During Wednesday’s meeting, which was attended by government actors and members of the international community, attendees pledged to work towards achieving greater regional cooperation and integration.
The meeting and inauguration ceremony was opened by H.E. Idrees Zaman, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs. Mr. Zaman spoke about the link between peace, development and connectivity and provided an overview of the regional cooperation efforts and progress made recently under RECCA.
The opening segment also included introductory remarks by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation, MoFA; remarks by H.E. Yadgarkhoja Shadmanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Kabul; and remarks by Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari, UNDP’s new Resident Representative in Afghanistan. Mr. Dardari spoke about UNDP’s support to regional cooperation efforts including under RECCA, and its RISE project supporting regional cooperation.
“UNDP, as a reliable development partner, will be continuing its support to RECCA to create economic conditions for sustainable peace in Afghanistan,” said Mr. Dardari.
“Peace and economic growth is at the forefront of UNDP’s work in Afghanistan.”
UNDP’s Regional Integration and Sustainable Economy (RISE) project aims to provide technical assistance and institutional development support to the GoIRA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) Secretariat and new catalytic initiatives as well as preparations for ministerial meetings, special events and investment roadshows supporting priority infrastructure projects. RISE will also provide technical and financial support once the new project document is signed.
The eighth RECCA Ministerial conference will be hosted by Uzbekistan this November. Over the past few years RECCA has grown include an ever-larger number of regional and partner countries and organisations, reaching a record of 40 countries and 30 regional and international organisations at RECCA VI in September 2015 in Kabul and achieving a similarly impressive level of representation in November 2017 in Ashgabat.