Slow-paced work on Faryab industrial park flayed
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Investors and carpet weavers in northern Faryab province on Saturday complained about what they called slow-paced construction work on the industrial park in Andkhoi district, fearing the negligence would damage the carpet industry.
The carpet weaving industry recently witnessed a downward trend amid investors warned the government to accelerate construction on the vital project.
Bordering Turkmenistan, the Andkhoi district is the hub for carpets export, which has worldwide popularity in terms of quality. Most of the dwellers are associated with the carpet-weaving industry.
Those associated with the business complained the industrial park allocated for carpet weaving has been very slow. Spread across 1,100 acres of land, the facility is located on the Andkhoi-Jawzjan highway and was supposed to be built by the ministry of commerce and industries.
Mohammad Nazir Kalantar, a carpet seller in Andkhoi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government promised to build the project but now they have asked local traders to build it.
“As you can see the government has not considered construction of this park in their budget. The businesses are going down. How can people construct the park by themselves,” he asked, adding the area where the park is located was also not safe.
He said when there is no security then people would also not dare to invest and bring their capital there. Mohammad Anwar, a carpet seller, said he lived in Pakistan for 15 years but after coming to Faryab he had to leave carpet weaving and start a shop to make ends meet.
Two weeks back, carpet sellers and carpet-weavers said the industry had alarmingly declined by 40 per cent in the province. They said a major reason for this was the import of low-quality and inexpensive foreign carpets that have found way in Afghan markets.
More than 90% of the residents in Andkhoi district were employed in carpet-weaving industry, but recently majority of them had to change profession because of a lack of market for their products.
Mohammad Saleh, a carpet weaver, said the only hope for them was the construction of the industrial park in the province that would boost their businesses again.
Sayed Zabihullah, Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) head in Faryab, acknowledged funds were not allocated for the construction of the park. He was not sure whether any funds would also be allocated next year.
Earlier, Khan Jan Alkozai, deputy head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said after the formation of the new government a lot of funds came to Afghanistan and some of them should have been spent on such industrial parks.
Three years ago, Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi former commerce minister had promised Andkhoi officials around $6 million for the development of the park.
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