Written by Maryam Habib and Dr. Muhammad Asim
In recent years, the importance of sustainable development has become increasingly recognized worldwide. As countries strive to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), new strategies and approaches are being developed to promote sustainable development in different regions of the world. One such approach is the establishment of a jointly administered market at the tri-borderland of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, which can be a powerful tool for promoting SDG 17.
The study explores the potential benefits of such a market, including fostering collaboration and partnerships, building capacity and sharing knowledge, promoting trade and economic growth, ensuring inclusivity and equality, and leveraging technology to support sustainable development. These benefits can be achieved by bringing together stakeholders from different sectors and countries to exchange knowledge, resources, and expertise, which is essential for achieving SDG 17.
However, the success of such a market depends on a number of factors, including the political will of the countries involved, the involvement of key stakeholders, and the ability to address challenges such as corruption and weak institutions. It is also important to ensure that the market is designed to be inclusive and equitable for all stakeholders, including women and marginalized groups.
The study suggests that the jointly administered market at the tri-borderland of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan can be a powerful tool for promoting sustainable development in the region. By leveraging technology, fostering collaboration and partnerships, and promoting trade and economic growth, the market can help to achieve the SDGs and improve the lives of people in the region. The study concludes that the establishment of such a market requires careful planning, strong political will, and the involvement of key stakeholders, but has the potential to be a transformative force for sustainable development.