UNDP IICPSD Brings Private and Public Sectors Together to Boost Investment and Trade in Agro-Food Industries of Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Oct 13, 2015

Government, business and civil society leaders will promote new business models and investment opportunities in a workshop on October 15th in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

 Dushanbe, October 13, 2015 - UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) will convene the “Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan (AKT) Tripartite Regional Agro-Food Industry Consortium Workshop” in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on October 15th, 2015 to launch the AKT Consortium. The AKT Consortium brings leaders from the public and private sectors, and from civil society, to develop inclusive business models and promote investments for the agro-food value chains in AKT countries.

 Governments of Afghanistan and Kyrgyz Republic have recently signed and Tajikistan Government is expected to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formally establishing the Consortium and a Steering Committee made up of their relevant bodies to govern the Consortium in October. This MoU is the first trilateral official text among the AKT governments signed for cooperation in agro-food industry and achieved at the end of a successful negotiation process facilitated by UNDP IICPSD and country offices.

 Notable attendees will include seven high governmental officials from AKT countries, namely Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Mr.Ahmad Shaheer Shahriar, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Mr. Abdul Qadeer Jawad; the Kyrgyz Republic’s Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Imanaliev Daniyar Sharshenbekovich; and Tajikistan’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mr. Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, Mrs. Gulru Jabborzoda Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Trade,  Mrs.Nigina Anvari, Deputy Chairman of State Committee on Investments and State Property Management and Mr. Ruzizoda Akram Deputy Minister of Industry and New Technologies as well as private sector leaders, UNDP staff and international development partners from across the region.

The workshop will report on the AKT Consortium’s recent progress, discuss development potential for investors in agro-food sectors in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, and members will agree on the detailed plans for the future development of AKT programs including a comprehensive feasibility study.

This workshop follows the recent commitment of the World Leaders to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals), which require close cooperation among all stakeholders.  The AKT Consortium is a platform that pools the resources of the public and private sectors to particularly reach Goal 1 (no poverty), Goal 2 (zero hunger), Goal 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and Goal 17 (partnerships for the goals) among others.

 The AKT Consortium’s focus on supporting investment in agro-food industries and increased involvement of rural producers to regional value chains is absolutely vital in the light of the fact that global agricultural production needs to grow by 60 percent between 2005 and 2050 to both feed the world’s growing population and employ the 70% of the world’s poor who live in rural areas.

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