Afghan Biographies

Batija, Sham Lal Laal Shamlal Bhatija Bahtia

Name Batija, Sham Lal Laal Shamlal Bhatija Bahtia
Ethnic backgr.
Date of birth 1948
Function/Grade Ex Senior Economic Adviser to the President
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions of Sham Lal Bathija
United Nations Geneva various Senior Positions
Senior Economic Advisor to the President (2003)
Ambassador to Canada (20140508-20160512)
Special Envoy Office of the Senior Economic Advisor to the President (20170509, 20180531)
3. Biodata:
Sham Lal Bathija was born 1948 in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. His family has lived in Kandahar city for more than 350 years . He completed his higher education in the field of economy and law in India. Shamlal Batija is a Afghan Hindu and a Senior Economic Advisor to the President and a well-known senior economist at the regional and international levels. The advisor has sufficient information and experience in economic development and regional cooperation.(20100830). Karzai appointed Batija as his economic advisor through a decree some days back but he assumed his job 20100830, according to the statement from the presidential spokesman's office. Sham Lall Bathija is also a senior Afghan diplomat who specializes in economy and has good knowledge of economic affairs in developing countries. Sham Lal Bathija became Afghanistan's first Hindu ambassador. The 66-year-old former United Nations technocrat and was a senior aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai .


He has worked in various international organizations including the United Nations and has resided in United States of America.

Sham Lal Bathijais married to Dr. Heli Bathija (born 22 June 1952 in Paattinen, Finland). The couple two sons and one daughter Tarun, Duran and Annuka Bathija.

Bathija speaks Pashtu, Dari, Finish and English


More Background:
Sham Bathija United Nations, Geneva Regional responses to regional bottlenecks Use of electronic means to simplify procedures by the introducing electronic and digital technologies in the areas of transit trade logistics in Central Asia region (CAR). A broader coverage of the study will analyze regional cooperation strategies for the creation of a framework for such regional clusters, interest groups, networks, partnerships and dialogues with participation of public and private sector institutions resulting in introduction of new technologies and conflict prevention and peace building in the Central Asia region. Bio Mr. Bathija is currently working at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) where he has been designated by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD as his institution's Coordinator for the Central Asian Republics and related institutions in addition to being, the Focal Point for the LDCs, LLCs and UN-NADF in DSITE. He has numerous awards and honors to his credit such as Wafunif and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and international forums including the Crans-Montana, the World Economic Forum and International Information conferences. Bathija, Sham N. (1977) A comparative study of the foreign policies of Afghanistan and Pakistan in regard to the emergence of Pashtunistan. Madison: Drew University. Thesis (M.A.)--Drew.


The Afghanistan embassy in Canada following a statement said the newly appointed ambassador Sham Lall Bathija, presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, at a ceremony held in Rideau Hall, Ottawa.(20140510)

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