4 marble, talc stones processing factories launched in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Four factories to process talc and marble stones with a total investment of $6 million were inaugurated on Tuesday in eastern Nangarhar province.
The factories located in lower Shiekh Misri Industrial Park in Surkh Rod district are owned by local businessmen.
Nangarhar talc stone association head Haji Mohammad Wali during the inauguration ceremony told Pajhwok Afghan News that nearly $1.5 million was invested in each of the factories.
He said another six more factories would also be completed and start working in the next four days. Haji Wali said each factory employed 150 people and with establishment of the six more factories, hundreds of people would find jobs.
Mohammad Wali said he had been making efforts to turn Nangarhar into an industrial province and asked the government to provide him with sufficient land, resolve electricity issue and assure him of security.
Nangarhar governor Salim Khan Kunduzi, expressed happiness over the investment, said the talc and marble processing factories would create work opportunities for people.
“Earlier the talc and marble stones were processed in Pakistan but now they will be processed in our own country,” the governor said.
Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) head Farmanullah Bismal said the factories would pave the way for 400 people to find direct jobs and another 5,000 people to find indirect jobs. He would work together with government officials for resolving problems the investors faced, he assured.
The governor, police chief, chamber of commerce and industries officials, industrialists’ association members, talc stone union and some others examined various factories.
Some 41 different kinds of stuff used in daily life are made from marble and talc stones. Talc stone deposits exist in eight districts of Nangarhar.
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