Sunday, March 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The joint economic meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai discussed problems of private sector, economic policy of the country and prevention of currency taken out of Afghanistan. In the meeting held in the presidential palace yesterday afternoon, the authorities responsible for Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce raised transit problems that the private sector faced in the neighboring countries and the challenges arising from the customs. The participants then shared their concepts on how to address the private sector’s problems in various fields including transit, customs, industries and investment. After hearing their problems, president Karzai instructed the Ministries of Finance, Commerce, Economy, other line ministries and the Cabinet Economic Committee led by second Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili to hold regular sessions with the Chambers of Commerce. The president also asked the authorities responsible for Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce to attend Cabinet economic meetings held on a monthly basis. President Karzai said, real economic growth of Afghanistan could be achieved by the private sector with support of the government.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili chaired a meeting of the economic committee of the council of ministers.
The meeting discussed the issues pertaining to the Kabul Bank and resuming the activity of the sugar factory of northern Baghlan provinces.
Minister of Finance and the Afghanistan Bank presented their work reports.
The finance minister said that so far efforts has been made for follow up of misuse of and transfer of properties of perpetrators to the Kabul Bank.
The meeting thoroughly discussed the measures achieved so far in addressing the process of follow up of Kabul Bank issues.
The committee considering massive misuse from the public assets and the losses from this emphasized that these issues should be precisely and assessed by the government and legal actions should be taken against the perpetrators.
The economic committee considered follow up of this issue a necessity and advanced specific proposals for acceleration of the process of assessments including forming of a specialized court to the president and the council of ministers.
In another part of this meeting the proposal of the ministry of agriculture and irrigation on continued activity of the new sugar company of Baghlan considering some considerations was adopted by the meeting of the committee.
The meeting decided that the dissolving of the new sugar company should be prevented and the program for cultivation of sugar beet for 1391 should start as soon as possible and that the shares of German companies of DEG and KWS is delivered to the ministry of agriculture.
The committee also instructed the ministry of finance to facilitate employment of the Chairman of Board of Directors, accountant and a technical officer for carrying the activities of the factory.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) German development program marked international women day attended by Afghan women carpet weavers for various districts of Balkh province.
In a ceremony which was held in Mazar-e-Sharif was attended by women carpet weavers of various districts as Dawlatabad, Chrbolduk, Chamtal for Balkh and Aqcha district of Jawzjan.
The source said women carpet weavers spoke about their problems and challenges which they were facing with, adding the main problems of the women were low wage, lack of services as health, literacy and others.
According to Najiba, a carpet weaver said, “We are weaving carpets 10 hours in a day without any break, adding after 10 hours of work, we leave for our homes.”
“Although our eyes suffer from dirt and most of the women are suffering from various diseases, but we get very low wage, she said, adding we daily get 50 Afs which nothing,”.
Meanwhile, Abdul Satar Bigzada, head of carpet union said, “70% of the country’s carpet is trafficked to Pakistan.
If the government wouldn’t stop such trafficking, the wage of the weavers would not be increased.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Hedayet Amin Arsala Senior Minister chaired the meeting of CM Economic Committee.
This meeting discussed the canalization system and considered it a necessity and appointed a committee composed of ministries representatives including the urban development, finance, economy, energy and water, public works and the Kabul Municipality as well as the Breshna Enterprise.
The committee has been assigned to carry on its assessment and present its report to the CM Economic Committee on regular basis.
Meanwhile the meeting discussed the issue pertaining to Ariana Afghan building currently used by the local organs department and it assigned a delegation of ministries of economy, finance, urban development to specify the price of the building and present its results to the CM committee.
The proposal of the ministry of agriculture and irrigation pertaining leasing of barren lands of the ministry in Herat, Samangan was confirmed by the committee.
It is expected that 2500 jiribs of land in Herat and 1592 jiribs of land in Samangan is allocated for creation of agriculture farms and orchards given on lease for 25 years period.