A large group of Afghan investors, about 1000 people, are involved in the preparation of a new journey on the Lapis Lazuli route. The purpose of the trip is to demonstrate the Afghan products in the countries participating in the project to further stimulate trade and transit along the corridor, reports TOLOnews. Over the next two months, Afghan commodity exhibitions will be held in Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
According to the organizers of the event, they will present carpets and other various handicrafts, as well as fruits and dried fruits. Afghan women entrepreneurs are invited to participate in the exhibitions, which will help them strengthen their business, according to the senders of the convoy.
Among the handicrafts will also be Turkmen carpets, which are traditionally produced in the north of Afghanistan, where ethnic Turkmen live. Currently, most of these products are exported – carpets are sent to Turkey through the Afghanistan-Turkey air corridor, and from there to Italy and Germany.
The Lapis Lazuli Corridor agreement was signed on November 15, 2017 in Ashgabat, and in December 2018 a test flight took place along this route.
The project aims to strengthen regional economic integration and trade relations between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
The Corridor starts from the dry port of Akina in the northern province of Faryab and the city of Turgundi in Herat, from where it continues through the Turkmen city of Serhetabat to the International Sea Port Turkmenbashi. Further, through the Caspian Sea to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and then connects further with Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, as well as the Georgian ports of Poti and Batumi. Finally, the corridor connects with the cities of Kars and Istanbul, Turkey, at the entrance to Europe.
The name “Lapis Lazuli” comes from the historic route, on which Afghan lazuli and other semi-precious stones were exported over 2,000 years ago to the Caucasus, Russia, the Balkans, Europe and North Africa.