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New Plan For Boosting Economy to Be Sent To President Ghani:ACCI

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(Last Updated On: October 19, 2014)

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Officials in Ministry of Commerce and Industries have made a draft ready to be sent to the president Ghani for removing the challenges and boost the economy of the country.

After signing of the mutual security agreement in between Kabul-Washington the Afghan businessmen have come together to find better solution boosting their business in the country.

After listing the existed challenges, the most priority one was insecurity, and corruption within the country.

They have also urged that after their plan to get signed and reviewed by the President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai some of the challenges within the plan will be discussed on the London session.

Head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Atiqullah Nusrat said,” after signing of the mutual security pact with USA it created a new page for the economy of Afghanistan, according to officials President Ghani has promised to pay deep attention for the private sectors to play important role in the economy of the country.”

However the President Economy advisor Omer Zakhialwal has claimed that International community has cut the speed of their aids to Afghanistan and he also hoped to draw the attention of the International community to increase their aids to Afghanistan in London session in coming future.

London session will soon be held by the mutual cooperation of the Afghanistan- Britain at the end of the 2014 in London and Afghan officials in ACCI will present a plan for improving of the Afghanistan Economy to the World to draw their attention for increasing their financial aids investments in the country.

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Central Bank says ATM to get operational in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 14, 2022)

Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan), said Thursday, said that Automated Teller Machine (ATM) services by commercial banks will be resumed in the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Da Afghanistan Bank stated that the decision was made after a series of discussions with commercial banks and the union of banks of the country.

The ATM services of banks were stalled after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) regained power on August 15 last year.

According to the statement, the ATMs will be available at specific locations for the customers.

“Da Afghanistan Bank is striving to return banking sector to normal and reactivating the ATMs is a good news [for people] and [Da Afghanistan Bank] is trying to bring further facilities to the people.” Reads the statement.

Da Afghanistan Bank, so far, has not disclosed the amount of money people can withdraw from the ATMs.

Currently, people can withdraw up to $400 from dollar-denominated accounts or 30,000 Afghanis a week from the previous limit of $200 or 20,000 Afghanis.

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Afghan carpetmakers raise concerns over shortage of wool due to smuggling

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(Last Updated On: January 14, 2022)

Afghanistan’s National Union of Carpet Manufacturers raised concerns on Thursday around the smuggling of woolen fleece from sheep into other countries, which has led to a shortage of the raw material for Afghan carpet weavers.

Afghan carpet producers said that farmers in Ghazni, Zabul, Farah, Kandahar, and Helmand provinces are harvesting the fleece and then smuggling it into other countries.

According to the union, they have as a result been forced to import Iraqi and Saudi yarn to use in the local carpet industry.

“Our (woollen) fleece is being smuggled to Pakistan and India, but we have to import yarn from Iraq and Saudi Arabia,” said Mohammad Naeemzada, on carpetmaker.

“The price of one square meter of carpet has increased by 600 AFN. Because we import yarn from other countries, due to smuggling of our own fleece,” said Noor Ahmad Noori, the head of the Afghan carpet producers union.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) meanwhile said that they have also asked all customs offices at border points to clamp down on people exporting the raw material.

The spokesman for the MoF Ahmad Wali Haqmal said: “The Islamic Emirate needs time, the process [to prevent smuggling] needs time. We will solve the problems, and will prevent smuggling.”

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Uzbekistan restores electricity to Afghanistan after fixing power plant problem

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(Last Updated On: January 13, 2022)

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) said the electricity supply from Uzbekistan has returned to normal after output fell by 60% due to technical problems.

The power supply company said in a statement early Thursday that the problem at a power station in Uzbekistan has now been resolved and that electricity supply to Afghanistan has been restored.

Two days ago, Uzbekistan was forced to cut supply by 60%, which left large parts of Afghanistan without power.

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