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Afghanistan hosts regional economic forum on challenge of rebuilding after decades of war

  • Afghan and foreign delegations participate in the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference of Afghanistan (RECCA) at the foreign affairs ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Afghanistan has opened the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference in the capital, Kabul, where officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations are gathering to discuss the war-torn country's future. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghan and foreign delegations participate in the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference of Afghanistan (RECCA) at the foreign affairs ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Afghanistan has opened the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference in the capital, Kabul, where officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations are gathering to discuss the war-torn country's future. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)  (The Associated Press)

  • Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, second right, talks during the opening ceremony of the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference of Afghanistan (RECCA) at the foreign affairs ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Afghanistan has opened the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference in the capital, Kabul, where officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations are gathering to discuss the war-torn country's future. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, second right, talks during the opening ceremony of the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference of Afghanistan (RECCA) at the foreign affairs ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Afghanistan has opened the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference in the capital, Kabul, where officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations are gathering to discuss the war-torn country's future. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)  (The Associated Press)

Afghanistan has opened the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference in the capital, Kabul, where officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations are gathering to discuss the war-torn country's future.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai opened the conference Wednesday, saying the two-day meeting will examine the challenges of rebuilding Afghanistan after almost 40 years of war.

Amid tight security and road blocks throughout the city, the delegates are debating a range of economic issues, including policy priorities, inter-regional trade, harmonization of customs and border routines, and market expansion.

It is the 6th RECCA conference and the first since President Ashraf Ghani assumed office a year ago pledging to end the 14-year war with the Taliban and reform the economy.

Economists have forecast 2.5 percent growth this year.