|Meeting of the Russian-Afghan Business Council|
|In the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation a meeting of the Business Council for cooperation with Afghanistan took place chaired by Boris Pastukhov, Senior Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
President of the Business Council for cooperation with Afghanistan was elected Abubakar Arsamakov, President of Moscow Industrial Bank JSB, who presented his vision of prospective tasks in the work in this area to the participants of the meeting. He emphasized the necessity for more active involvement of Russian regions in cooperation with Afghanistan. Such interest is shown by administrations and entrepreneurs of Astrakhanskaya, Tulslkaya, Orlovskaya oblasts, and the Altai Territory.
Vladimir Katunin, First Deputy President of the Business Council for cooperation with Afghanistan presented information on the activities of the Business Council in 2009. He said that the membership of the Business Council numbers over 40 Russian companies. With its assistance national entrepreneurs have recently invested about $35 million in small fast-payback projects of the Afghan economy.
By request of the Afghan party consultations are being carried out about a medical diagnostic center construction in Kabul. During the meeting a detailed exchange of views took place, particularly on issues of the creation of a website of the Business Council and its activities information coverage.