Afghan President Ashraf Ghani [Photo: social media]

GENEVA, Switzerland – Addressing on the side event of the 2020 Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said Monday that its government seeks connectivity and not charity, as he envisions “Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance” for the further of Afghanistan.

Since Monday, the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on “Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance” has been held in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Afghan Government and the international community will determine their shared commitments to the development and stability of Afghanistan in 2021–2024.

“Afghanistan is one of these places of intersection, as historical trade roads ranging from the grand trunk road to the lapis lazuli and silk met here,” said Ghani, describing the geographical location of Afghanistan that has great impacts on its economic development.

“Names given to us capture the significance of our location best: the heart of Asia; gates of India; land bridge; roundabout, a place where goods, ideas, and people freely move, circulate and interact; Switzerland of Asia,” he further elaborated, as TOLOnews quoted.

According to the president, a sustainable peace can be achieved by developing common understanding of the current context, having reached and agreed upon end state for a political settlement in Afghanistan, and engaging to a medium-to-long-term strategy of cooperation based on mutual interest. 

With a vision for peace, prosperity and development in the country, the president suggested five initiatives that could potentially improve regional connectivity and enhance trade among regional countries.

Initiatives such as: 1) Support for speeding up regional projects. 2) Secure agreement either by the adoption of global standards or creation of regional standards on trade, transit, and transport. 3) Examine gaps in critical infrastructure in Afghanistan. 4) Help Afghanistan become a hub of green energy and industry. 5) and Cooperate with Afghanistan on its agenda of digital transformation.

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Afghan government shares vision for ‘Self-Reliance’ in 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Nov. 23, 3030. [Photo: social media]

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GENEVA, Switzerland – The 2020 Afghanistan Conference on “Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance” will be held on 23-24 November in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Afghan Government and the international community will determine their shared commitments to the development and stability of Afghanistan in 2021–2024.

The 2020 Afghanistan Conference is a ministerial pledging conference, co-hosted by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland and the United Nations.

Due to the serious Covid-19 situation in Switzerland, the Conference will take place virtually, with the Palais des Nations in Geneva remaining as the hub for all logistics, according to a press release.

Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Minister of Finance Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal is expected to be present in Geneva. UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons will speak on behalf of the United Nations.

“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan shares the vision and aspirations of the Afghan people and the National Peace and Development Framework of Afghanistan for a stable, progressive and self-sufficient Afghanistan,” said Spokesman for the President Sediq Sediqqi in a tweet.

The conference coincides with the ongoing efforts between the Afghan and Taliban delegations in Qatari capital Doha that is expected to determine peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.