The Desk for the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and the Silk Way:
The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) was inaugurated in June 2002 in Thailand, where 18 Asian Foreign Ministers met together for the first time. The ACD is a continent-wide forum, the first of its kind in Asia. More specifically, the ACD aims to constitute the missing link in Asia by incorporating every Asian country and building an Asian Community without duplicating other organizations or creating a bloc against others. The core values of the ACD are positive thinking; informality; voluntarism; non-institutionalization; openness; respect for diversity; the comfort level of member countries; and the evolving nature of the ACD process.
Afghanistan participated in the ACD Ministerial Meeting for the first time in 2012 held on the side of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. Membership of Afghanistan was made official in October, 2012 ACD Summit held in Kuwait. Former President, H.E. Karzai thanked His Highness the Amir of Kuwait and all ACD member states on their constant support for Afghanistan to become a member of the ACD Forum. H.E. Hamid Karzai also applauded the proposal by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, to establish the ACD Trust Fund of 2 billion $ for the development efforts in the least developed Asian countries and his announcement to contribute 300 million US dollars towards the target amount of 2 billion USD.
In July 2011, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announced the 'New Silk Road Strategy' for stabilizing Afghanistan, promoting trade, economic cooperation and development in the wider Central Asian region. The ‘New Silk Road’ strategy is a comprehensive strategy for achieving security and sustainable economic development in Afghanistan and Central Asia, of which Afghanistan is the heart. The ‘New Silk Road’ Strategy seeks to re-establish new east-west continental corridors for the transport of goods and energy to Europe, the Indian sub-continent and Southeast Asia. The strategy aims to remove trade barriers and enable Afghanistan to emerge as a regional hub and transit point for roads, railroads, pipelines, and electric lines.