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Lawmaker questions government-AGC land deal

Lawmaker questions government-AGC land deal

Jul 05, 2016 - 15:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Senate’s second deputy chairman Eng. Hasebullah Kalimzai on Tuesday lashed out at the government for allotting tens of acres of land to the Alokozay Group of Companies (AGC) what he said against the law.

The lawmaker asked the government to provide equal facilities and opportunities to all businessmen and industrialists in the country.

“Granting 72 acres land to AGC for establishing factories without any bidding process is against the laws of the country. The government should be just in resources distribution and must treat all businessmen equally,” Kalimzai told reporters here.

He said all businessmen should be provided access to available government resources and alleged business deals were cut with particular companies which enjoyed good relations with the Presidential Palace.

On Monday, the Afghan government and the UAE-based AGC signed an agreement on the group’s investment in 72 acres of land.

The agreement was signed between government officials and the Alokozay Group of Companies (AGC) representatives at the Presidential Palace.

Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said on the occasion that the land belonged to the civil aviation department and it was handed over to the AGC after fixation of its price.

He had said the group would establish six factories worth $350 million on the land and the products produced at the factories would not only be consumed in the country but a 40 percent of them would be exported to foreign countries.

He said the factories included printing houses, carton manufacturing, tissue papers and edibles. He said the factories would provide direct jobs to 2000 people and indirect jobs to 10,000 individuals.



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