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Mutual MoU of transit of Kabul , Islamabad expired: Alkozai

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Officials in chamber of commerce and industry have stated that mutual memorandum of understanding on transit in between Afghanistan Pakistan has expired, but Pakistan still benefits from the following transit based on the memorandum of understanding signed by both countries.

They have also criticized that if Afghanistan doesn’t utilize the APTA memorandum of understanding, Pakistan shouldn’t be benefited.

Deputy of chamber of commerce and industry Khan Jan Alkozai said,” APTA memorandum of understanding expired, but Pakistan is still using that rout and its goods are reaching to middle Asia.”

Its said that APTA has been signed on 2010 in between Afghanistan, Pakistan based on the MoU Pakistan could use Afghanistan’s soil for transiting its goods to middle Asia, but in most cases Pakistan created problems for Afghans traders goods to reach to Wagga port.

US Government had welcomed the announcement made by the Presidents Karzai and Zardari of the full implementation on June 12 of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTA).

This step is a concrete demonstration of the common shared vision of development, prosperity and peace the two Presidents share, and it will make a significant contribution to regional stability.

The APTA was concluded after years of effort and replaces an outdated agreement dating from 1965. It is a major breakthrough, demonstrating strong economic and political cooperation between the two countries. To complete implementation, both countries demonstrated their continuing commitment to work together to overcome technical and political obstacles.

Ministry of commerce and industry spokesman Musafir Qoqandi said,” we have informed Pakistan about the issue two months ago,if Pakistan doesn’t resolve the Afghan businessmen problems the following memorandum of understanding doesn’t mean anything.”

Pakistan has been using that rout and transit it goods to middle Asia in that past years, but couldn’t be a good partner to provide more facilities for Afghan traders to see their goods reached to Wagga port.

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Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to sign marble export agreement

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, have discussed Afghanistan exporting marble to Turkmenistan.

In a statement issued by the Afghan foreign ministry, MoFA said the Afghan delegation provided comprehensive information to their Turkmen counterparts on the various natural resources and rare stones available in Afghanistan.

The Afghan delegation said the export of the resources would be significant in strengthening and expanding trade between Kabul and Ashgabat.

Highlighting development taking place and the construction around building new cities in Turkmenistan, the Turkmen delegation discussed their requirement for marble and expressed Turkmenistan’s full readiness to procure marble from Afghanistan.

The two sides agreed to sign an agreement on Afghanistan’s marble export to Turkmenistan.

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Parliament ratifies Iran, Afghanistan rail cooperation agreement

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Iran’s Parliament on Monday passed Iran-Afghanistan Rail Cooperation Agreement that allows rail connection between the neighboring countries.

Iran and Afghanistan agreed to make direct connection through railroad to transfer passengers and goods.

According to the agreement, the two sides have agreed to provide rail vehicles and services and implement sanitary supervision in accordance with international rules, while domestic rules are valid where an issue occurs outside of international conventions.

The agreement also states that the two sides must treat passengers and goods from the other side the way they treat their own. This applies to free access to destination points, providing space for cargos in terminals, unloading and uploading of cargos, onboarding and offboarding passengers, and using international railroad services.

Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and Afghanistan Railway Authority have been chosen in the agreement as qualified authorities to supervise implementing the agreement and to solve disagreements.

Iran and Afghanistan linked their railway through Iran’s Khaf and Afghanistan’s Herat.

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Chinese consortium meets with Ghani over $400 million power project

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A group of Chinese investors met with President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday to discuss the possibility of establishing a coal-fired power plant in the country.

The Presidential Palace (ARG) said in a statement the group plans to invest $400 million in the energy-generating project.

The plan is for the coal power plant to generate 300 megawatts of electricity.

“In the meeting, President Ghani articulated potentials of natural resources as well as investment opportunities in the energy sector in Afghanistan,” the statement read.

The statement noted that Ghani has instructed the Afghanistan Investment Facilitation Unit to assess the plan “in coordination with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat to facilitate investment opportunities for the group and to share the outcome with the Office of the President.”

Energy in Afghanistan is provided by hydropower followed by fossil fuel and solar power.

According to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), approximately 35% of Afghanistan’s population has access to electricity.

Currently, Afghanistan generates about 600 megawatts (MW) of electricity from several hydroelectric plants as well as using fossil fuel and solar panels.

However, more than 670 MW more is imported from neighboring Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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