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India Statistics Officials Capacity Building Programme for Afghanistan

Published Nov 19, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

A training programme for the officials of National Statistics and Information Authority of Afghanistan was organised by FRRO, New Delhi (Ministry of Home Affairs) in coordination with Ministry of External Affairs at New Delhi from 13 – 17 November 2019.

The training programme covered modules pertaining to immigration, entry requirements of host countries, security features of various travel documents, registration and visa related services, forgery detection techniques, area of convergence between immigration and airlines, flight reconciliation/clearances, futuristic technology intervention programmes for expeditious immigration clearances.

The programme also included visit to arrival and departure wings of an international Airport to understand immigration procedures and safety measures. The course gave participants insights into globally adopted enhanced security features in passports and travel documents to curb counterfeiting, forgeries and impersonations.

Afghan participants thanked India for conducting the programme to build sensitivity and enhance capacity to handle international operations, in the age of national and global security concerns.

The Ministry of External Affairs has indicated that post 2001, India has been, and continues to be, a steadfast partner in the reconstruction and development efforts in Afghanistan.

The principal focus of India’s development assistance has been to build capacities and capabilities of Afghan nationals and its institutions for governance and delivery of public service, develop socio-economic infrastructure, secure lives and promote livelihood.

India and Afghanistan have also agreed to identify products and measures to enhance bilateral trade; reaffirming the importance of connectivity and free and unfettered transport and transit access for Afghanistan. India’s support is guided by the needs and priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan; activities are undertaken in partnership with the Afghan government; and projects are spread across Afghanistan in wide range of areas.

Both sides are on the pathway of an ambitious and forward looking next generation ‘New Development Partnership’.India is hosting the India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Shows regularly each year.