Commerce minister pledges gas price cut in near future
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister of Commerce and Industries Humayoon Rasa on Saturday promised a cut in gas prices in coming days.
His ministry has purchased 372,000 tonnes of gas from Russia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to meet increasing demand a head of the winter.
The price of one kilogram of liquefied gas in Kabul, working out at 30 afghanis four months back, has now shot up to 60 afghanis.
The minister was summoned by the Wolesi Jirga to brief the lawmakers on the sudden hike in the liquefied gas price across the country.
He told MPs ministry in Kabul had recently signed contracts to purchase 72,000 tonnes of liquefied gas from Russian, 150,000 tonnes from Turkmenistan and 150,000 tonnes from Azerbaijan.
He assured the gas price would decline when more supplies arrived in the energy-deficient, landlocked country in coming days.
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