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Saturday, February 09, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A delegation headed by Abdul Razaq Samadi director general of Birishna company left for Turkmenistan yesterday.
Accompanied by officials from the finance ministry and Asian Development Bank, the delegation during its stay in Turkmenistan, besides negotiation on fixing the price of electricity would also discuss importing 1,000 megawatt more power from the country.
Turkmenistan has renewed extension of power projects up to Aqina border.
 

Saturday, February 09, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The national exporters union was appreciated in presence of Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president.
Attended also by Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi Minister of Commerce and Industries, Mohammad Asif Rahimi Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Waheedullah Shahrani Minister of Mines and other high ranking government authorities, Khalili called establishment of this union a step towards growth of economy in the country and increase in export in Afghanistan and while declaring support of the Afghan government to the union said that the government is striving that the private sector is encouraged in the free market and assist the safety of their productive activities within the framework of laws.
Khalili informed the gathering of the resolutions of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers in waging off of a part of taxes, upgrading of tariffs on imports and provision of loans to the investors in the private sector.
The Minister of Commerce and Industries while emphasizing on the strengthening of exports and its role in economic progress said that fruits, carpets and marble stones are the main export items of the country and stressed on observance of national and international norms in this respect.
Quran Haqjo chairman of the director’s board of chambers of commerce and industries and Khan Jan Alekozai first deputy chairman of the Chambers of commerce and industries and the head of the union of exports were other speakers at the gathering.
Some of the outstanding exporters were also introduced to the gathering and at the end Khalili visited the exhibition displaying the domestic products.
According to another report, some elders and traders of Kandahar met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president and shared their problems with him.
The elders and traders complained over shortage of electricity as a basic problem of people in Kandahar adding that the prevailing capacities cannot province adequate energy for the people.
They asked the government to adopt measures for provision of power energy for the people and they expressed the readiness of the private sector in participating in this respect and added that shortage of power energy unable the private sector to invest in production spheres.
They also touched on combating of agricultural pests and diseases in Kandahar and they urged the government to focus its attention towards their problems.
They expressed support of the private sector towards tread and exports and asked for creation of facilities and in obtaining visa from the foreign countries.
Khalili touching on the role of the private sector in progress of the country said that support to the investors and exporters is a priority of the government and the government tries its best to create better facilities in support to the investments and economic growth in the country.
He added that the government is striving hard to address the problems of the people and the problems noted by the elders and traders of Kandahar will take up with the president of the country.
 

Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president chaired the council of ministers (CM) economic committee.
The meeting initially discussed provision of loan to the shopkeeper’s sustained loss in Naseri Market in Kabul as a result of fire there.
In an effort to support the shopkeepers having sustained huge economic damages, and further encouraging them to continue their business, the meeting emphasized on provision of loans to the shopkeepers and advised the related organs to implement the decision of the economic committee of the CM.
The officials of the central Bank and the officials assessing the problems in former Kabul Bank presented a report to the meeting. 
On the basis of the report so far USD175 million have been obtained from the sale of properties of the bank and the perpetrators of the bank crisis and efforts are being continued to recover the remaining capital of the bank making USD747 million.
The report added that the work of the assigned committee is being continued and some of the files have been referred to the legal organs and work on the remaining files is continued.
The meeting emphasized on continued evaluation of the central Bank and the assigned committee and assigned tasks to the related organs to follow up the issues and report on its progress to the Economic Committee of the CM accordingly.
In another part of the meeting Minister of Commerce and Industries evaluated the proposal pertaining to waiving off of customs duties on the goods of the traders whose goods were stopped in Pakistan for three months.
The meeting in order to encourage investments and support the traders of the country and to reduce the level of damages to them, decided that the custom duties on the 3000 containers of the traders stopped in Pakistan for a month, should be waived off however taxes should be received from them. 
At the end, the meeting heard a report on the recent trip of minister of labor, social affairs, martyrs and disabled and the officials of the chambers of commerce and industries to Qatar.
 

Monday, February 04, 2013
Jilal Abad (BNA) Pakistani border officials reopened the Torkham gate to Afghans yesterday morning enabling thousands of Afghans to cross the border.
Torkham is an important border point and hundreds of Afghans cross it daily.
According to report convoys of goods from traders also crossed the border.
Meantime, Edris Mohamand the spokesman of border police in eastern Nangarhar province said only those Afghans who have Pakistani visa can travel to Pakistan.