Bamyan City decorated ahead of SAARC ceremony
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): With only two days remaining to a ceremony marking Bamyan City as the culture capital of SAARC countries, residents have joined hands with the authorities in decorating the capital city of the central province.
For its historical importance, Bamyan City was chosen to serve as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital for 2015 by a delegation of the organization.
Local officials have announced the event would take place on June 5 in Bamyan city, foreign guests and government officials would participate.
With the celebration approaching, shops and markets have been decorated with colorful designs that give the city a new look.
Mohammad Amin Amin, the head of Bamyan Global Company, said a 380-metre road connecting new Bamyan city with the old city and government departments had been reconstructed by local residents and companies.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the seven-meter wide road was asphalted at a cost of $180,000. “Up to 42 local companies decided to take part in the city’s construction and welcoming Afghan and foreign guests by asphalting this road,” he said.
Amin requested SAARC member countries to pay attention to electricity and damaged roads in Bamyan City.
On the other hand, women, the tourists’ association, sportsmen and singers also say they would participate in welcoming guests to the event.
A women activist, Zahra Hussaini, said: “We have prepared handicrafts, local dresses for boys and girls, other locally-used materials and things which can attract guests.”
Bamyan Tourists Association head Mohammad Arif Rezayee said the association had tasked its 12 members familiar with several foreign languages to guide foreign tourists to Bamyan historic places.
The city has got a different shape compared to the past. Nice decorations are made in different areas, gates have been painted and boards and attractive goods for tourists are widely seen.
All the roads have been decorated with lightings and Afghan national flags with residents participating in cleaning parks and streets.
A delegation of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament recently visited Bamyan city and expressed its concerns over insufficient arrangements for the SAARC event.
But the Ministry of Information and Culture said the international event would be gloriously celebrated in which representatives of all Asian countries, members of SAARC, representatives of the United Nations (UN) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other officials would participate.
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