Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan organized an International Research and Academic Seminar entitled “Afghanistan and the Silk Roads” on 19 – 20 December 2017. The seminar was held in two important cities along the Silk Roads in Afghanistan, Kabul (known as the jewel of the East), and Nangarhar (Hadda, the cradle of Buddhist civilization).
The acting minister of information and culture and representatives of research, cultural and scholar communities, social activists as well as representatives from neighboring countries attended the seminar and presented their views on the Silk Roads and historic role of Afghanistan along it.A cultural exhibition was organized on the second day of the seminar in Nangarhar province where experts discussed the role of Afghanistan in revival of the Silk Roads and its multilateral advantages for sustainable development not only in regional level but also in a worldwide scale.
The acting minister of Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, Prof. Mohammad Rasul Bawari, underlined the historic role of Afghanistan as one of the main routes along the Silk Roads. He noted that government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan tries to complete the belt road in Afghanistan in views of reviving the ancient Silk Roads through several regional projects and in order to make Afghanistan a regional trade and transit corridor. The participants discussed also the economic aspects and advantages of the Silk Roads for Afghanistan by underlining its potentials for creating plenty of trade and transit, security and stability as well as social development for Afghanistan and other countries along the Silk Roads.
The seminar was followed by a poetry session and a local music performance as well as an exhibition of traditional dresses and foods and a photo exhibition of Mis Aynak archaeological site. Moreover, representatives of local women community presented their handicrafts and traditional dresses in an exhibition while some local industries presented their industrial products, all as elements of the Silk Roads common heritage.