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NCA Member Mr. Ahmad Massih Hami participates in 2nd Annual Meeting of the ICAAP in Baku, Azerbaijan

Mr. Ahmad Massih Hami, member of the National Coalition of Afghanistan, is participating in the 2nd Annual Meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), being held Baku, Azerbaijan. The Youth Branch of the ICAPP commenced its second meeting in which 120 young politicians from 18 countries around the world are participating. The aim of the conference is to discuss the important role the youth will be playing in addressing future regional and global challenges.

In his remarks, which he delivered on the opening session of the conference on August 14, on behalf of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA), Mr. Hami thanked the Government of Azerbaijan and the New Azerbaijan Party for hosting the event. He also conveyed gratitude to ICAPP for its active role and commitment to achieving developments and agendas for youth in Asian countries. Mr. Hami provided a summary on the structure and foundation of the NCA, as well as on its initiatives for Afghanistan, with an emphasis on its efforts in instituting political and electoral reforms, strengthening rule of law and promoting good governance.

Mr. Hami also provided an overview of the current situation in the country, highlighting Afghanistan’s achievements during the past 12 years, in partnership with the international community. He also stated that Afghanistan would need the long-term support of international partners to strengthen and sustain its achievements, and ensure its security and stability. Mr. Hami discussed the important political and security transitions that are scheduled for next year, the upcoming Afghan presidential elections and complete transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan authorities. On the economic front, he elaborated on the NCA’s plans in ensuring Afghanistan emerges as a hub for regional trade and investment, integrating its economy with other countries in the region. He stated, “This will help us to achieve and sustain a strong and viable economy, by which we will be able to alleviate poverty and offer a better opportunity for our citizens”.

Mr. Hami also discussed the important role of the youth in the development of Asian countries. While referring to Afghanistan, he stressed, “We believe that the critical issues facing Afghanistan demands the young generation’s attention, commitment and leadership. If we are to address our challenges and solve our problems, we must act, and combine our efforts to engage and empower the youth, and further develop their capabilities to generate a future of sustainable peace and development”.

The Baku Declaration of the Asian youth will be adopted at the end of the meeting.

17 AUG 2013

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