Balkh traders warn of investment withdrawal if problems persist
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Traders on Tuesday warned of leaving northern Balkh province if their problems were not resolved on a priority basis.
During a meeting with Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) representatives, the traders raised a number of issues.
ACCI Administrative Officer Nasir Ahmad Qasimi told Pajhwok Afghan News representatives from different trade groups detailed their concerns and urged solutions.
The problems of the traders in northern and northeastern zones had rapidly increased over the past two years, he acknowledged.
He said the main problems of traders included red-tape in the customs department, taxation, corruption in government offices, lack of electricity and land plots.
One of the traders, Haji Mayel said most of their problems, including the taxation issue, were related to the central government.
The traders could provide work opportunities for the jobless if the government supported them, and fixed their problems with a sense of urgency, he believed.
Qasimi said that if the problems of traders were not resolved, they would be obliged to withdraw their investment from the northern zone.
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