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India to build centre for WTO in Kabul

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI), Musafir Qoqandi has said that Indian government has promised to provide technical assistance to build a research and training center for the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Kabul.

The center would provide valuable training to the concerned people on rules and regulations of the WTO.

According to Qoqandi, the draft for the institute was drafted six months ago and during the recent meeting with Indian authorities, they pledged to help establish the center.

“We have commercial high schools, but since we have become a member of the WTO, it is important to have the center, aimed at getting knowledge and required information about research on trade and investment, he added.

Moreover, a number of economic analysts have said that in the light of the on going situations, the center remains crucial for capacity building in the relevant field.

Samim Sarim, an economic analyst quoted by TOLO News, saying as, “Our membership to the WTO was a strategic mistake for the country’s economy. We should not have joined the organization. But now that we have joined the WTO, so we should use every opportunity available in order to benefit from the membership.”

Afghanistan received membership of WTO at the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in December 17, 2015. Afghanistan is 164th in the World and 36th among the less-developed countries that have received the membership of the organization. Receiving WTO membership is a long process. Afghanistan was admitted after 11 years of negotiations. Being a member of WTO, there are some expectations that it might impact newly emerged industries in the country.

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