India to help build carpet-weaving centre in Jawzjan
KABUL (Pajhwok): A carpet-weaving centre will be built in northern Jawzjan province amidst complaints from businessmen and carpet-weavers that the industry is fast declining.
The centre is being built with financial assistance from India at a cost of $12.5 million. Nasrin Oryakhail, minister of labour and social affairs, while speaking at contract signing ceremony in Kabul, said 35 percent of the centre workers would be women.
The contract was signed with India’s professional skills centre. Oryakhail said the project would take eight months to complete. She added there were 43 technical centres across the country but few of them were functioning. It was her priority to activate the centres, she said.
Oryakhail said they were in contact with labour authorities of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran to send Afghan labour with their Afghan IDs.
Dr. Faisal Jamal, head of the Indian centre, said the project cover Jawzjan’s centre and districts. He said the project aimed at enhancing capacity of 270 people in carpet weaving. At the end of the project, he said, each person would receive a certificate and 2,240 afghanis.
In the beginning of the year carpet weavers in Jowzjan had complained that carpet prices had fallen 50 per cent, forcing them to take up other professions. According to local officials, more than 20 per cent of Jowzjan residents including women are employed by the carpet industry.
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