26 April 2016 Current Affairs: The heart of Asia conference has begun in April 26,2016. The conference held in New Delhi .The conference aims to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and speeding up its reconstruction with a focus on enhancing investment and connectivity to the country.Objects :
The conference is with the objective of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan and speeding up its reconstruction with a focus on enhancing investment and connectivity to the country.The conference to be attended by the officials of a number of countries including Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry. This is the first high-level contact between the two sides since the January 2 terror attack on Pathankot airbase.Aim :
The key elements of HoA process have been to devise a sustained, incremental approach to implementation of the confidence building measures (CBM) in Afghanistan and the officials are set to deliberate on them during the conference.Energy, infrastructure and investment deals to shore up economic growth of Afghanistan may figure in the talks.
India hosted the senior officials meeting of the Istanbul process in January 2014 in New Delhi and is set to host the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the HoA Process in the last quarter of this year.
The 14 participating countries in HoA process are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and UAE. The supporting countries include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, U.K., U.S. and the E.U.Heart of Asia conferences
- 1st Heart of Asia conference : Istanbul, Turkey
- 2nd Heart of Asia conference : Kabul
- 3rd Heart of Asia conference : Almaty
- 4th Heart of Asia conference : Beijing, China
- 5th Heart of Asia conference : Islamabad, Pakistan