The last day of the official humanitarian visit to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, 19 April 2022, His Excellency Mr. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, Director General the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), took the opportunity to exchange views to assess the current economic and financial environment of the country with two important related entities, including the Ministry of Economy and the Central Bank.
At the first meeting, the Director General was received by H.E. Mr. Qari din Hanif, Minister in-charge of Economy, with whom he focused more on the rural aspect of food security and agricultural development, taking into account that the Ministry was the main planner and strategist of the country. The Director General also briefed the host on the important consultations he had been having with the several Ministers of the de facto Government since his arrival in Kabul to highlight the work the IOFS has been undertaking in its quest for a successful of the Afghanistan Food Security Program (AFSP), as mandated by 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Situation in Afghanistan, held on 19 December 2021 in Islamabad, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Minister, on his part, while thanking all the IOFS efforts to support Afghanistan, stressed on the need for designing and implementing sustainable projects that would also create employment for the larger unemployed Afghans.
In fact, the sustainability of initiatives and projects for supporting Afghanistan was again one of the main points emphasized by H.E. Mr. Muhammad Idreas, the Central Bank Governor, during the bilateral meeting with the IOFS Director General. The host took also the opportunity to call for providing impetus to “doing business in Afghanistan” by recommending the IOFS in its humanitarian related initiatives to acquire local products and resources so as to help the Afghan economy. The Governor also assured that the financial environment was healthy with 12 commercial banks fully operational and ready to transact with international counterparts, particularly after the United States Treasury had issued the necessary operational license. The Director General while welcoming the points raised, he underscored the IOFS readiness to do its best for supporting the Afghan economy and people.
It is important to note that H.E. Mr. Yessengeldiyev Alimhan, the Kazakh Ambassador to Afghanistan, along with his staff, were kindly assisting the Director General and the accompanying delegation that included i) Ambassador Daulet Tazabekuly Yemberdiyev, Director of Cooperation & Humanitarian Aid Office and ii) Mr. Abdula Manafi Mutualo, Senior Liaison Officer, during the entirety of the aforementioned meetings and were instrumental for the successful holding of the IOFS humanitarian official visit to Afghanistan that ends on 19 April 2022.