Afghanistan annual revenue surpasses 118b afs: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling TAPI gas pipeline project as important, President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said Afghanistan collected more annual revenue than the country had promised with the international community.
The president said this while addressing hundreds of people who gathered at the Presidential Palace to celebrate the commencement of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.
The president said positive change in Afghanistan required regional and international cooperation and national unity.
“The world should listen that currently a huge consensus exists in Afghanistan when it comes to economy. The consensus means our people have a new vision which is that small projects are insufficient for Afghanistan and talks on big national and trans-region projects be translated into practical work for a drastic change.”
Ghani said TAPI was not only a big project but a vision. He said Afghanistan’s geographic location was its huge asset which had been a problem for the country for 200 years. He said TAPI was the first step to change Afghanistan from a conflict point to a regional and international cooperation centre, a vision the Afghan wanted to convey to the world.
“Currently our effort is to establish railroads and after that the government will focus its concentration not only on strengthening security but also on economic development which will become clear in my future state visits.”
The president informed that the High Economic Council on Sunday decided to launch work on the third phase of Kamal Khan Dam construction in Nimroz province from the country's own resources.
Ghani urged the countrymen, particularly the people of five provinces where the TAPI pipeline would pass, to help complete all phases of the historic project that would connect central Asia with south Asia. He said his future plans included turning each province and zone into a centre of such regional projects.
The president thanked the Ministry of Finance for collecting more revenue than targetted. “Afghanistan has promised the collection of 114.4 billion afghanis in annual revenue, but currently the returns stand at 118.4 billion afs that means if we work hard despite unfavorable conditions we can attain self-sufficiency.”
“If your president is poor, your country is not….Afghanistan is a hidden treasure, let’s explore it,” he said.
Other speakers on the occasion supported the TAPI project and said it could play a key role in bringing peace and stability to the country. They voiced support for government economic policies.
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