DISCUSSING ITC UPCOMING PROJECTS IN AFGHANISTAN
- Category: Economic
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On 21 August 2015, Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’Affair of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations visited the International Trade Center (ITC) Headquarter in Geneva. Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the ITC, received Mr. Omar and his accompanied representatives in her office to discuss the future projects in Afghanistan.
Ms. Gonzalez said, “ITC is committed to focus on producing economic opportunities for the countries. Afghanistan is in our priority list and the center of our attention in Afghanistan is in three areas”:
1). Support Afghanistan accession to WTO
2). Provide services on sanitation
3). Giving Afghanistan access to Chinese Market
Mr. Omar while thanking Ms. Gonzalez for her update added that “International Community has always been a good partner of Afghanistan, but unfortunately some of the projects on the ground are not sustainable. There is sometimes duplication in their projects. Furthermore, people in Afghanistan do not only need information sharing on risk, but acquire practical projects to prevent those risks. For instance this year Heart province produced 125,000 tons of grapes of more than 70 types, but unfortunately due to inadequate access to market, lack of storage, and transportation facilities, those grapes did not reach international market.
Ms. Gonzalez praised the matter discussed and added that “We make sure there is no duplication in our projects. We sent team of experts to Afghanistan to make sure all our projects are aligned with the priority of the Afghan government and in doing so, we believe together with the Afghan government we can obtain results of our projects.
Ending the fruitful meeting, Mr. Omar thanked Ms. Gonzalez on behalf of the Afghan government for the active role of ITC in Afghanistan and expressed the commitment in supporting ITC projects in Afghanistan.
VISIT TO THE ICRC HEADQUARTER IN GENEVA
- Category: Humanitarian
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On Thursday 20 July 2015, Mr. Peter Maurer, President of ICRC received Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’Affair of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in his office at the ICRC Headquarter in Geneva.
At the outset, Mr. Omar acknowledged ICRC as a good partner of Afghanistan in providing assistance to the victims of War, supporting hospitals and improving the water and sanitation services all over Afghanistan. He valued the cooperation of ICRC in strengthening the work of Afghan Red Crescent Society. He further thanked Mr. Maurer for ICRC’s strong commitment in providing technical and financial support to the clinics and to the community-based volunteers delivering health care to Afghans in the conflict-affected areas.
Mr. Maurer, while thanking Mr. Omar for his courtesy visit, said “Afghanistan remains in our top 10 operations and we continue to expand our operation all over the country in order develop capacity of the Afghan Red Crescent staff and other health personals who are carrying out humanitarian programs in the community“.
Subsequently, Mr. Omar recalled that the Afghan government in the country level as well as through its Permanent Mission in Geneva strongly support the work of ICRC and stand committed to offering any support needed.
Director-General for the United Nation Office in Geneva receives Charge d’affairs of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation
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Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’affairs of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation, was received by H.E Mr. Michael Møller Director-General for the United Nation Office in Geneva.
At the commencement, Mr. Omar congratulated H.E Mr. Møller on his appointment as Director General for the Geneva UN office and acknowledged the work of UN globally and more precisely in Afghanistan. The United Nations has had an active presence in Afghanistan since 1988 and it is highly appreciated by Afghans. The United Nations has taken variety of programs for the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan such as; strengthening the central and local government of Afghanistan, reducing corruption, and assisting with Presidential elections.
H.E Mr. Møller, while thanking Mr. Omar for his courtesy visit added that, UN with its member States in Geneva has a joint mission; UN by itself cannot independently function as long as there is no support from the members States. He further added that, in order to implement the SDGs, it would be better if Missions in Geneva deploy more technical staff in order to obtain more tangible outcome.
On the sideline of the fruitful diplomatic conversation, Mr. Omar spoke about the engagement of Afghans in the UN system. Previously Afghans have had several key positions in the United Nations Offices, but unfortunately that number is frequently decreasing. Furthermore, Mr. Omar brought to the notice of H.E Mr. Møller that Afghanistan is not fully in all UN reports. UN has a wide range of publications and it worth including the challenging progress and achievement of Afghanistan.
As closing remarks, Mr. Omar, appreciated all work of the United Nations Office in Geneva and reassured H.E Mr. Møller that Afghanistan will continue to support the work of United Nation.
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