Saturday November 30, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Officials of Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) have said that various world countries including Indian, China, Russia and some other regional countries have shown willingness to expand their investments in Afghanistan in various sectors.
Elaborating on the topic, Wahidullah Ghazi Khail, a spokesman to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) said, “Various world countries are prepared to invest in the country in different fields same as agriculture, mines, energy and some other sectors and this could lay constructive impacts on Afghanistan’s economic growth and business activities. “These countries announced their preparedness during an international conference under the theme of Business in Afghanistan which was held in the Indian capital New Delhi and the meeting was attended by at least 250 investors from twenty countries, India has been one of the major investors in Afghanistan over the last twelve years.”
“India intends to transfer its products from the Iranian Chabahar Port towards the central Asian states via Afghanistan soil.
In the past twelve years, India has invested in different sectors in the country such road construction, health, mines and has provided hundreds of educational scholarships to the Afghan university students to pursues their higher studies in the Indian institutions, Mr. Ghazi Khail said.”
Meanwhile, a number of economists have said that for enhancement of international investments and rebuilding of investors trusts, the government of Afghanistan requires formulating comprehensive strategies to attract international investments.
“To attract international investments, the government of Afghanistan should focus on development of rule of law, security and legalization of investment programs, the government should also concentrate on reviving investors’ trusts by maintaining effective security measures in order to provide trust to the international investors to come in Afghanistan, said economic analyst Hamidullah Farooqi.”
“However, major investment opportunities exist in Afghanistan, but practical steps haven’t been undertaken to further develop this sector, in the first step we have to focus on security maintenance, revival of basic economic infrastructures and implementation of law, another expert Saifuddin Saihoon added.”
In the meantime, nationals of the country have said that the government by creating suitable investment opportunity should revive trust of international investors to ensure economic development of the country. This came after several meetings have been held in London, Turkey, Chicago, Beijing and India and during these sessions various world nations expressed willingness to invest in Afghanistan.
Saturday November 30, 2013
Kabul (BNA) In the name of Allah the most merciful and the most gracious,
Dear countrymen, sisters and brothers,
The Consultative Loya Jirga for discussing the security pact between Afghanistan and the US was held, and with God blessings it was ended. People from throughout Afghanistan participated at this Jirga and in four days they debated the security pact and by issuing of a resolution voiced their views for the people of Afghanistan.
Dear countrymen, considering the consultations of the Consultative Loya Jirga and its resolution for preserving of our national high interests we set forth some conditions that the US should prior to its signature give us her commitments.
The residents of this country in all its corners should feel secure in their homes and we were in conflict with foreign forces in this respect and we can ensure security for our people when we prevent foreign forces operations in rural regions and cities for needs of the people of Afghanistan, we set forth some conditions so that attack of foreign forces to our homes is stopped.
Another condition that is incorporated into the resolution of the Loya Jirga is ensuring of peace in the country. Our people are suffering of insecurity for years and sustained financial and human loses. All our people want peace and nationwide security in the country.
We ask the US to have honest cooperation in this respect so that peace process is solved peaceably through official talks.
Another condition is transparent election free from foreign intervention. The US National Security Advisor assured in her meeting with me of non-interference of her country but the US did not commit his country with respect to stopping of foreign forces attacks on our homes and the peace in the country so signing of the security pact from our viewpoints is for ensuring of peace and security.
If the US consider the basic needs of our people that peace, security and safety of their homes they should decisively cooperate with us.
The people of Afghanistan as a whole agree with this security pact and they support it as a whole and the Loya Jirga also approved it, but it will be signed when our conditions are accepted and the people of Afghanistan feel secure and attain peace.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Second joined industry exhibition of Pakistan and Afghanistan was opened on Thursday in Kabul.
In a ceremony held in Kabul Intercontinental Hotel deputy for Afghanistan chamber of commerce and industry Khan Jan Alokozai spoke related to trade and said trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan reached annually to more than $ 4 billion.
In the exhibition, both Afghanistan and Pakistan put their products for exhibition, Alokozai added.
In the ceremony, Pakistan ambassador to Kabul Mohammad Sadiq while stressing on bilateral trade cooperation between the two countries said such exhibitions had to be held in both countries and outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, deputy minister of commerce and industries said Afghanistan has pave necessary facilities to foreign and domestic traders to make use of such facilities and invest in the country.
In the ceremony, MoU was signed between Afghanistan chamber of commerce and industries and Rawalpindi chamber of commerce. According to the MoU, the chambers of the two countries would cooperate with each other in various sectors.
The exhibition would be opened for three days in Kabul.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Sheberghan (BNA) Turkmenistan assisted Afghan poor families who live in border areas of that country with foodstuffs and clothes.
The assistance handed over to authorities of Jouzjan, Faryab and Balkh provinces in Hairatan border the other day.
Haji Ouf deputy minister of Turkmenistan foreign ministry in donation ceremony said that his country will assist Afghanistan in reconstruction fields.
The assistance cost 500,000 dollars.
Afghan local authorities appreciating Turkmenistan assistant in reconstruction of Afghanistan said the assistance will be distributed to poor Afghan families who live in border areas of that country.