Key entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Kazakhstan met in Astana, the provincial capital of Kazakhstan with an aim to bolster the bilateral trade relations between the two countries.

According to the local media reports, a large delegation of Afghan entrepreneurs headed by Minister of Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan Humayoun Rasa visited Kazakhstan with the support of the Ministry for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan in a bid to boost bilateral trade relations.

According to the reports, more than 40 representatives attended the event on behalf of the entrepreneurs of the two countries besides the participation of the representatives of the leadership of Kazakhstan’s national companies, such as Kazakh Invest, Kazakh Export, KTZ, Kazgeology, and the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan, presence in the event.

A meeting was also organized between Vice Minister for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan Arystan Kabikenov and the Afghan delegation in this regard.

A number of Business to Business (B2B) meetings were also beld between representatives of Kazakhstani and Afghan entrepreneurships on the sidelines of the event.

The two sides held talks on current prospects regarding the bilateral trade relations and mutual cooperation in various other sectors, trade and investment, agriculture, land and air transport, as well as geology and mineral resources.

Separate meetings were also held at the ministerial level at the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan with the small and medium-sized businesses focusing on sectors as agriculture, transport and logistics.

According to reports, the bilateral trade volume between the two nations reached to $180.2 million between January and April of 2018, depicting an increase of 19.3 per cent as compared to the similar period in 2017