Foreign firms owe $100m to Afghan contractors
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 50 Afghan construction and logistics supplying companies on Wednesday claimed that some American and Turkish firms owed them $100 million in unpaid dues.
Representatives of the Afghan companies told reporters in Kabul they had complained to officials of the companies about the arrears, but to no avail.
They said the government should constitute a commission to take up the issue with owners of the US and Turkish companies through their countries’ embassies in Kabul.
Mohammad Younis Wiyar, director of Maiwand-i-Asia Construction Company, told Pajhwok Afghan News his company was among several others who had completed projects with US and Turkish companies, but awaited their payments.
He said the Maiwand-i-Asia Company had completed construction projects for Proccea Construction, one of Turkey’s leading construction businesses, and BYA, a US company, in Paktia, Kandahar, Helmand and Paktika provinces. Wiyar said the two foreign firms owed his company $6.3 million in total.
Yousuf Aminzada, a legal advisor with Mansour Jalal Logistic Company, said they had worked for the Supreme Group, which provides logistic supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan. He said the group had to pay his company $22 million.
The Afghan businessmen warned if government did not address their problem, they would launch a protest movement.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) official Khan Jan Alakozai told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephonic interview that foreign firms should pay Afghan companies their outstanding sums.
He confirmed officials of the affected companies had registered their complaints with the ACCI and the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) almost a year back.
Alokozai said the issue had been discussed with President Ashraf Ghani. He lamented the issue remained unsettled.
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