The US Agency for International Development’s Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED) project is partnering with the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) to facilitate the participation of 40 Afghan companies at the upcoming India International Trade Fair (IITF). The IITF 2007 will be held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India from November 14-27.
The Afghan pavilion will offer an excellent opportunity to thousands of fair attendees many of the products Afghanistan is famous for, such as carpets, dried fruit, handicrafts, and marble. The Indian market is particularly interesting to Afghan producers of dried fruits, since India used to be a traditional market for these goods nearly three decades ago. Recently, dried fruit exporters from Afghanistan have been making strides in re-capturing that market and this trade fair will help develop new market linkages.
“Participating in IITF will help us regain the markets for our dried fruits, carpets and medical agriculture products not only in India but the whole region. Also, we will learn about technological developments in different industries," says Haji Hassan, president of the Kabul Consortium and one of the exhbitors in the trade fair. "Additionally, IITF will help us learn about consumer demand in the region. As a whole, the fair will boost Afghan trade and economy,” he adds. In addition to the exhibition, AISA and ASMED will sponsor a matchmaking event on November 21st called “Doing Business in Afghanistan.”