Government should help in processing Afghan minerals: Haqjo
Sun Jun 24, 12:31 pm
A meeting on ‘Economic Development in North’ was held Saturday in Mazar-i-Sharif City attended by dozens of Afghan traders and many high-ranking government officials.
The purpose of the session was to discuss and overcome the existing challenges faced by Afghan traders and investors, the meeting organizers said. They also said that a wide range of problems affecting Afghan businessmen were reviewed during the gathering.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (ACCI) President Qurban Haqjo told the meeting that lack of security on the highways leading to abduction of businessmen and widespread corruption inside government offices have led Afghanistan’s economy into a recession.
According to him, the government must not only extract and export raw materials, but must also provide opportunities for the minerals to be processed inside the country. Haqjo added that it would also stimulate an increase in domestic revenue generation and would help provide more job opportunities for Afghanistan.
The participants, Afghan trades and businessmen in north, called on the government to build factories and manufacturing plants in order to expand employment fields for the Afghans.
According to them, unemployment is a major problem of the government and the people of Afghanistan. According to the experts, lack of employment is the major factor of spreading unrest in the country.
Mining program is now the hope of Afghan government through which it can boost its economy as the international community is going to leave Afghanistan by 2014.
The people of Afghanistan fear economic instability in the country after the withdrawal of coalition forces in 2014.