The first Friends of RECCA meeting was co-organized today by the RECCA Secretariat and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna with the participation of ambassadors and representatives from regional countries and international organizations based in Vienna.
The meeting was opened by H.E. Khojesta Fana EbrahimKhel followed by a presentation on RECCA by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel spoke about the importance of regional economic cooperation and the role that Afghanistan-centered regional cooperation platforms paly in promoting regional cooperation and integration in the wider region. She referred to the inclusion of a women’s economic empowerment component into RECCA’s agenda and expressed hope that more regional activities in this area would be developed in the future.
Mr. Soroosh presented an overview of the vision, objectives, priority projects as well as the new approach under RECCA. He highlighted the importance of Friends of RECCA meetings and expressed hope that these meetings will be held in Vienna on a regular basis.
The meeting continued with questions and interventions by the participants and a discussion on the way forward.
The Friends of RECCA meetings are held in major capitals across the world as opportunities for sharing updates and exploring areas of collaboration and coordination between the ambassadors and diplomats from the RECCA regional and partner countries and organizations with respect to priorities under RECCA.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna along with the Austrian Mission at the OSCE Co-chaired the Asian Contact Group Meeting on “Regional Connectivity, Trade Facilitation, and Women Empowerment” at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
In this meeting, panelists shared their views and comprehensive presentations on Regional cooperation, inter-linking regional platforms for promoting trade and regional connectivity as well as empowering the role of women in the social, economic and political sector.
Today, the Head of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Permanent/Resident Representative to the United Nations and other International and Regional Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel paid a visit to the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, within the framework of her official visit to Kyrgyzstan. Ms. Indira Satarkulova, the Academy’s Deputy Director, introduced the Academy’s main goals, programmes and activities. Madam Ambassador expressed a great interest in the Academy’s activities and highlighted the importance of the OSCE Academy for the region and Afghanistan in particular. The introduction was followed by the meeting with current students and alumni from Afghanistan.
The OSCE Academy has accepted students from Afghanistan since 2008. The total number of Afghan alumni reached 45. Currently, there are 10 students enrolled in both MA Programmes and 12 more students are accepted for the next academic year.