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FEBRUARY 21-25, 2021 - AFGHANISTAN'S PRODUCTS IN GULFOOD 2021
$ 171 Million Worth of Afghan Crop Contracts at the Gulfood fair
 
Dubai-UAE: Afghan traders have signed agricultural export contracts worth more than US $ 171 million with 32 countries at the Dubai world food fair.
The fair, which is held annually in Dubai, UAE, was organized this year in the halls of the Dubai World Trade Center with more than 2,500 companies from 65 countries, taking precautionary measures to prevent Covid-19 contraction.
In this exhibition, office of the Commercial Attache of Afghanistan in UAE also managed to hold more than 10 (B2B) meetings between Afghan businessmen and countries of UAE, Estonia, Spain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Belgium and Ukraine.
"The UAE is one of the top five countries for exporting Afghan agricultural products, and the Dubai market is important for Afghanistan's exports. At the moment, we are all focused on finding a market for our agricultural products," said Samir Rasa, Afghanistan's commercial attache in the UAE. "Fortunately, we were able to get closer to our goals."
"Fortunately, this year it is seen that our companies, in addition to improving the quality of their agricultural products, have also made changes in the packaging and branding of their companies, which will lead to better marketing for our products," said Akbar Arghandiwal, CEO of Setareh.
This year, 28 companies from Afghanistan supported by the USAID have won contracts worth more than $ 171 million with various companies around the world by displaying agricultural products such as fresh fruits, dried fruits, saffron, herbs, nuts, seeds and honey.
Most of these contracts are with India, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
 
It should be noted that last year, about 80% of the contracts of Afghan businessmen and their parties to the contracts at the Gulfood were implemented.
JANUARY 24, 2021 - LIVE ON AIR WITH RADIO BIG FM 601.2, DUBAI

H.H. Consul General Masood Ahmad Azizi was invited by the Radio BIG FM 106.2 in Dubai for an interview. Answering live questions on air he highlighted the bilateral friendly ties with the UAE, considering it a great strategic partner and even the second home for many Afghans. "UAE was one of the first countries that outreached Afghanistan under Covide-19", he went on to say. He also mentioned about the range of activities performed by the Afghan Consulate in Dubai and northern Emirates, playing the role of a bridge between the two nations, encouraging bilateral trade and investment. He appreciated the opportunities provided by the UAE government to Afghans for work and businesses and offered the unique business opportunities for foreigners to invest in energy, national resources, and young generation in Afghanistan. He also touched upon the rich cultural heritage and tradition of his country as part of its identity over its long history. Consequently, he expressed his intention to open a joint culture center and radio in Dubai.

JANUARY 23, 2021 - AFGHAN MINISTER OF HAJ & ISLAMIC AFFAIRS VISITING AFGHAN CLERGIES IN THE GENERAL CONSULATE

Afghan Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs Dr. Mohammad Qasim Halimi, held a meeting with the UAE-based Afghan religious scholars in Dubai. Speaking to the guests the Minister stressed on the important role played by the religious scholars in maintaining peace and security in Afghanistan. The Afghan Consulate General Masood Ahmad Azizi also welcomed the guests and took note of their suggestions and advice as important. He said to hold regular such meetings in the future to keep in touch and respond to these suggestions and to address their concerns.

JANUARY 19, 2021 - VISITING PRESIDENT OF AL-QASIMIYA UNIVERSITY MR. AWAD KHALAF IN HIS OFFICE

The Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Dubai Mr. Masood Ahmad Azizi, met with the President of Al-Qasimiya University Mr. Awad Khalaf in his office. During the meeting, Mr. Masood Ahmad Azizi thanked Al-Qasimiya University for providing free higher education to Afghans in Sharjah. He also mentioned the opening of Al-Qasimiya University in Kabul. Mr Khalaf said he would share the request with his superiors. Mr. Massoud Ahmad Azizi called on the President of Al-Qasimiya University to increase the number of scholarships available to Afghans. Mr. Awad Khalaf said that with the end of the Corona virus situation, God willing, more Afghans will be able to pursue higher education for free. In addition, Mr. Massoud Ahmad Azizi asked Mr. Awad Khalaf to pave the way for the training of Afghan Imams at Al-Qasimiya University. He reminded the President of Al-Qasimiya University to strengthen the coordination with the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Dubai and Al-Qasimiya University for further cooperation.

JANUARY 11, 2021 - MEETING WITH SHEIKH FAHIM ALQASIMI, HEAD OF THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, SHARJAH

A meeting was held by His Excellency Masoud Azizi, General Consul of Afghanistan in Dubai and Sheikh Fahim AlQasimi, Head of the Government Relations Department in Sharjah.. For cultural and economic cooperation, investment and supporting Afghans inside the UAE and in Afghanistan, facilitating visa procedures, increasing Afghan employment, scholarships for Afghan students, supporting digital education , exchanging cultures And working on providing Afghan digital media platform.

JANUARY 07, 2021 - VISIT OF HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH JUMA BIN MAKTOUM AL MAKTOURM

His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Al Maktourm visiting H.E. Masood Ahmad Azizi, Consul General to support the agreement of cooperation

JANUARY 07, 2021 - SIGNING AN AGREEMENT OF COOPERATION WITH LAWFIRM AL SAWALHI

Afghan Consulate General H.E. Masood Ahmad Azizi signed an agreement of cooperation with Mr. Sami Jamal Al Sawalhi, head of the Advocates & Legal Advisors law firm, offering pro bono legal services to those Afghan residents who can’t afford to claim their rights. Special thanks go to His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Al Maktourm who came personally to support the initiative.

JANUARY 4, 2021 - VISITING AL SHUROOQ CEO MR. MARWAN BIN JASIM AL SARKAL
A group of Afghan prominent businessmen active in the UAE accompanied by the Afghan Consul General H.E. Masood Ahmad Azizi, visited H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, the Sharjah Investment & Development Authority in the House of Wisdom.
 
In this meeting, the following topics were discussed:
  • Encourage the commercial and industrial institutions of Sharjah Emirate to invest in Afghanistan in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, mining and energy;
  • Provide communication and cooperation with first-hand Afghan businessmen;
  • Shurooq to commit to address queries and problems arising in the business administrative stages, and to facilitate businesses for Afghans residing in Sharjah.
The series of such meeting will continue in the future to address the problems and challenges of Afghan businessmen, workers and residents in the United Arab Emirates.
NOVEMBER 5, 2020 - VISIT OF THE PAKISTAN CONSUL GENERAL

H.E. Consul General of Pakistan visiting H.E. Masood Ahmad Azizi, Consul General

NOVEMBER 05, 2020 - VISIT OF THE INDIAN CONSUL GENERAL

H.E. Consulate General of India, visiting H.E. Masood Ahmad Azizi, Consul General

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 - VISIT OF THE PHILIPPINE CONSUL GENERAL

H.E. Consulate General of Philippines visiting H.E. Masood Ahmad Azizi, Consul General