Regional connectivity in Afghanistan: From instability to opportunity

Lessons from cross-border engagement in reducing inequalities and reconnecting Afghanistan

For centuries, Afghanistan was integral to connectivity through the Silk Road’s trade and cultural exchange between Asia and Europe, and within Asia itself. While decades of conflict have diminished this centrality, collaboration and integration remain critical to regional stability. This session will bring to light the impact of projects, along and across the Afghan borders, on reducing inequalities and unlocking the enormous potential of the region. It will:

  • Explore examples of local cross-border interventions and their implication on the economy, livelihood opportunities and job creation.
  • Raise the profile of trade, energy and connectivity as effective tools of development, applicable to other contexts.
  • Demonstrate that engagement with Afghanistan can bring positive economic benefits.

Organised by


Sana Safi
Kishwar Abdulalishoev
Chief Executive Officer
Aga khan Foundation in Tajikistan
Hameed Hakimi
Research Associate
The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House
Marilyn Josefson
Ambassador - EU Delegation to Tajikistan
Romana Vlahutin
Ambassador at large for Connectivity
European External Action Service
Paola Pampaloni
Director, Deputy Managing Director - EEAS
European External Action Service (EEAS)