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Supreme Group in talks with contractors

Supreme Group in talks with contractors

Jul 14, 2013 - 15:08

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Supreme Group, supplying NATOinfo-icon-led troops and various diplomatic missions in Afghanistaninfo-icon, on Sunday said it was in negotiations with contractors to resolve disputes.

“In an operation of this scale, it is inevitable that disputes with contractors will occur from time to time,” said Carissa Crowley, externalinfo-icon communications manager, a day after Afghan firms staged an angry protest against the group.

Representatives of many logistic firms gathered in the Dispatchery area of Kabul on Saturday, chanting slogans against the Supreme Group and accusing it of defaulting on payments.

Mansoor Jalal Company’s advisor Mohammad Yousuf Amin said seven Afghan companies, contracted by the Supreme Group, had transferred fuel from Uzbekistan through the Hairatan dry port, but the foreign firm had not paid them over the past 18 months.

The protestors included workers of seven Afghan companies that accused the group of dithering on paying more than $22 million to the local firms.

“In such situations, we work through the appropriate formal channels for dispute resolution, whilst striving to ensure service to our clients is not affected,” Crowley said.





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