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    Govt asked to pay special attention to Afghan products

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday urged President Hamid Karzai to pay special attention to promoting domestic products.

    An ACCI delegation also asked Karzai to promote domestic industries and exports of Afghan carpets to the global market, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

    Led by ACCI Chief Executive Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, the team sought strongly support for the private sector before the withdrawal of foreigners from the country.

    The government should focus on luring foreign investment in major projects, such as extraction of mines, construction of dams and industrial units, the statement quoted the delegation as saying.

    Stressing the removal of transit trade irritants with Pakistan and Central Asian countries, the ACCI suggested the government should spend international assistance.

    "Over the past 10 years, it has been proved the assistance used by the Afghan government had a positive impact on the economy," the delegation told the president. The aid spent by donors had not been that effective, it added.

    During the meeting, Karzai said: "It is important for Afghanistan to take steps for the improvement of the economy. In this regard, some steps have already been taken," the president added.

    Karzai called the ACCI demands genuine and said he would meet the committee of industrialists and ACCI members in the near future to discuss ways of boosting the economy.

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