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Swiss UMEF University to host international conference on Afghanistan peace

KABUL: Swiss University of Management, Economic and Finance (UMEF) to host international conference on negotiations for peace in Afghanistan – in Geneva on February 22, 2019.

A group of Afghan intellectuals and international experts established in Europe, with the assistance of the School of International Relations and Diplomacy of SWISS UMEF UNIVERSITY in Geneva, will meet on February 22, 2019, to discuss peace prospects, the conditions under which peace could be attained and the international impact of a possible peace.

According to founder and president of Swiss UMEF Prof. Dr. Jawed Sangdel, the main goal behind holding of the conference is to find ways on how to ensure the progress made over the last 18 years could be maintained in peace talks, adding the conference would also discuss UN involvement of the process, government’s financial situation post-peace agreement, priorities of the Afghan government, future election mechanism to ensure that results are accepted by all parties, relation with neighboring countries as well as safeguarding the human rights.

“These questions will be analyzed by the intellectuals participating in this meeting and will materialize in a conclusion which will be sent to the United Nations and the United States in the hope that this final document will be recommended to all involved parties to avoid a new civil war in Afghanistan that will impact the region and the entire world,” Prof. Sangdel added.

According to him Afghanistan war has been the longest in US history and the on-going negotiations have brought a glimmer of hope that finally peace may be at hand.

“Poorly calculated peace is more expensive than war.  Afghanistan has extensive mineral riches which have been estimated to be between $2 and 3 trillion. Insecurity in the country has been a major obstacle to their exploitation. Will a peace negotiation, with a government that includes representatives of the Taliban induce corporations from the extractive industries to invest in productive activities as well as the required infrastructure and thus contribute to the economic development of the country?,” he went on to say.

According to Prof. Sangdel the conclusion of the peace process should usher a new set of challenges, the first of which is the government budget. “It will be important for the United States and other donors to maintain their financial assistance with a concentration on the building of the infrastructure required for the development of the country. Attracting foreign corporations from the extractive industry should be a priority as the country has mineral reserves that have been estimated to be in the trillions of dollars. This should be followed by an adequate fiscal policy that should, in time, be an important source of revenue and job creation provided the proper infrastructure is put in place.’

The Kabul Times

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