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Afganistan exporting $200m beverages, says president

Afganistan exporting $200m beverages, says president

Sep 09, 2016 - 11:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s economy is gradually picking up as the war-battered country exports beverages worth $200 million annually, the president says.

The statement came at a meeting that Ashraf Ghani chaired on human resource development and promotion of informal technical educationinfo-icon at his office.

A statement from the Presidential Palace quoted him as saying the government concentrated on strengthening its security forces until two years ago.

Today, he claimed, Afghan forces enjoyed credibility at the global level. But the administration is currently focused on investment in Afghanistan’s human resources.  

He said a programme for human resource investment and infrastructure development was being prepared by his advisor Dr. Hamayun Qayyumi and the trade minister.  

Ghani believed graduates from universities and higher education institutes could not measure up to private sector challenges.

Being a new exporter, Afghanistan sold $200m beverages to regional countries. “We should transform into an electricity-exporting country,” the president remarked.

He went on to fault Afghanistan’s existing syllabi, calling for greater concentration on technical and literacy programmes to boost the capacity of the manpower.

Ghani touted Afghanistan’s vocational and skill development potential. In the same breath, however, he underlined the need for devising and implementing workable strategies.


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