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    Handicraft exhibition opens in Jalalabad

    JALALABAD (PAN): A day-long exhibition showcasing locally produced handicrafts was inaugurated in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province, on Sunday, officials said.

    Male and female handkerchiefs, shawls and other woolen items manufactured by different textile factories have been put on display at the show organised by Nangarhar chapter of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries Organiastion with financial supported from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    "Aim of the exhibition is to find new market for Afghan products," said Eng. Muhammad Qasim Yousafi, an official of the chamber.

    He said traders from different parts of the country were invited to the exhibition so that they could prefer local products.

    An USIAD official, Safiullah, said they had established a handicraft centre in the province and provided various machines to 16 textile factories

    A factory owner, Habibullah, said the main problem facing factories in the province was power shortages.  "If we are provided with sufficient electricity and foreign items are banned, we can stand on our own feet," he said.