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.