35 traders kidnapped in past one month: Alokozai
Calling widespread corruption and insecurity as big hurdles to the private sector’s development, ACCI deputy head Khan Jan Alokozai told a gathering in Kabul that traders were concerned about the growing insecurity and their own safety.
He alleged some lawmakers and powerful individuals used to demand bribe whenever a company launched a project while government departments also openly sought kickbacks.
“In a such a situation, it is problematic for the private sector to make investments,” he said, calling administrative, financial corruption, the lack of land and insecurity big challenges the private sector faced.
He said during the past one month, traders in Kabul had been fined 1.5 billion afghanis for unexplained reasons and the law in this regard did not come up with the present conditions.
Alokozai said if investors were not facilitated, they would withdraw their investments and move abroad.
“Yesterday alone, 2000 traders surrendered their licenses to the chief executive officer and told him that they could not do business in the present circumstances.”
Alokozai expressed his concern over what he said growing incidents of kidnapping of traders and said 35 traders were kidnapped during the past one month in Kabul, Kunduz, Balkh, Herat and Nangarhar provinces.
Speaking at the same event, president special representative for reforms and good governance, Ahmad Zia Massoud, said the country could not achieve economic prosperity without participation of the private sector.
He said it was important to encourage the private sector, make easy laws governing trade and pave the ground for the sector’s development in order to emerge an independent economy.
Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar asked the private sector to point out laws creating hurdles to traders in order they could be amended.
He said efforts were underway to resolve all problems and challenges being faced by the private sector.
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