The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
National

Lapis Lazuli convoy back home from first trip

lapiz route

KABUL: A landmark trade convoy linking landlocked Afghanistan to Turkey along the historic Lapis Lazuli route returned on Monday successfully bringing back medicine, solar panels, and oil.
Starting in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province, the resurrected route goes through Turkmenistan, passes the Caspian Sea, and goes through Azerbaijan and Georgia to reach the Turkish cities of Kars and Istanbul and finally ends in Europe.
Herat Governor Abdul Qayum Rahimi welcomed back the convoy of cargo trucks. He said technical and logistical glitches have been noted to deal with on future trips.
Named after Afghanistan’s precious gemstone, the Lapis Lazuli Route agreement was finalized after three years of talks and signed during the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan last year.
Current projects to improve infrastructure and procedures across the five countries are estimated to exceed $2 billion, according to RECCA VII.
According to the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Afghanistan’s annual import volume from Europe and Turkey through Iran is $900 million, but the country’s exports to European nations total $6 million a year.
The Kabul Times

Related posts

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.