Traders seek opening of ACCI branch in Paktika
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Businessmen on Tuesday asked the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to open a branch in southeastern Paktika province.
They issued the demand at a gathering in Sharan, the provincial capital, where ACCI’s industry committee head was also present.
One trader Gul Zada Hamidi told Pajhwok Afghan News most of Paktika residents were associated with businesses, but an improper environment prevented them from making necessary investments.
He said commercial goods reached across Afghanistan from Pakistan through Paktika, but still there was no branch of the ACCI.
Abdul Khaliq, shopkeepers’ union head, said the level of investment had declined in Paktika following the withdrawal of foreign troops. Businessmen are not willing to invest in Paktika due to security concerns and lack of a proper environment.
Abdul Khaliq believed if the ACCI opened a branch in Paktika, it would encourage traders in other provinces to come and invest there. Similar views were expressed by other speakers at the gathering.
ACCI official Kashif Alikhel said he would talk to the officials concerned about opening of an ACCI branch in Paktika. “I have talked to government leaders and had asked them to provide us 500 acres of land for establishing factories and the chamber of commerce in Paktika and they had promised to do so.”
He said the chamber of commerce would also enable Paktika traders to showcase their products in exhibitions at home and abroad.
Director of Economy Mohammad Ayub Salarzai said business activities were being carried out in a disorganised way due to the absence of a chamber of commerce branch in the province.
He said even the Ministry of Commerce and Industry had no office in Paktika and traders were concerned about that. The government was responsible for providing security, land, electricity and other facilities to traders, he added.
Many Paktika traders have made investments in neighbouring Ghazni province, according to officials, who claim a 60 percent decline in trade activity in Paktika in recent years.
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