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    Absence of airport, lack of electricity hinder progress (Video)

    NANGARHAR, Nov 23, 2011: The absence of a civilian airport and lack of electricity supply posed the main hurdles to progress in eastern Nangarhar province, Governor Gul Agha Sherzai said on Wednesday.

    Addressing a gathering, jointly organized by UNDP, USAID and the governor's house in Jalalabad, Sherzai said trade growth in the province was linked to power supply to industrial units and residential areas.

    Local traders were facing the import-related problems, Sherzai said, adding he would complain to President Hamid Karzai about the unjust attitude of the ministries of economy and agriculture towards the province.

    He also called talks with the neighbouring countries on resolving transit trade problems, the governor said, urging the US to open a consulate in the provincial capital. American and Indian engineers should train farmers and construct watercourses Nangarhar, he suggested.

    PAJHWOK/ Babrak Amirzada