President Ashraf Ghani went on a two-day state visit to UAE on March 17-18, and along with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan presided over the signing of multiple MoUs to bolstering bilateral ties and trade.
The six MoUs signed were in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, mining, education and sports. The visit also focused on cooperating in the areas of trade, investment and development, with both sides reaching to an agreement on launching an air corridor between Afghanistan and UAE. And in a big step to boost trade, UAE showed interest in importing all saffron produced in Afghanistan.
In his meeting with Sheikh Mohamed, President Ghani thanked UAE for its constructive role in Afghanistan’s peace and stability, and conveyed that Afghans appreciate UAE’s efforts in the peace process that leads to prosperity. Both sides stressed that only an Afghan-owned peace process could lead to sustainable peace, and peace in Afghanistan will bring stability in the region.
During the visit, President Ghani met with Afghan businesspersons in Dubai, and invited them to invest in processing factories and trading among other fields.
“My job is to find markets for you, your job is to invest,” said the President.
He also said that the Afghan government has eased bureaucracy for investment in Afghanistan, and the security institutions have started conducting operations to improve security for businesses and investors. Further, through land reforms the Afghan government has recovered several thousands of hectares of land in the past four and a half years, and to incentivize investment the government is willing to lease them to investors at a very cheap price.
President Ghani also met with Afghan community based in UAE and hailed the role of Afghan diaspora in the Afghan society.