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Long ignored Paktia industry struggling with problems

Long ignored Paktia industry struggling with problems

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Jun 25, 2019 - 20:25

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon Chamber of Industry and Mines officials say the industrial sector in southeastern Paktia province has never been paid attention by the government and as a result industrialists are facing many problems.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Afghanistan Chamber of Industry and Mines branch in Paktika, the trader representatives and industrialists accused the provincial and central governments of negligence and said they received only promises and nothing in action.

Fazaldin Jalalzai, head of Paktia Industrialists Association, said that the government had promised to create an industrial park in Gardez, the provincial capital, 12 years ago, but was yet to translate the promise into action.

He called the absence of electricity another major problem, saying a kilowatt of electricity was currently priced at 16.75 afghanis for industrialists in Paktia compared to 6.5 afghanis in capital Kabulinfo-icon.

“The goods produced here are smuggled from abroad through customs offices, custom on goods is not explained at all, most of our top investors moved to other provinces due to lack of electricity here,” he said.

Abdul Nasir Alamyar, head of Paktia chamber of commerce and investors, said that industrialists wanted to make investments in the province but they were discouraged by lack of an industrial park and electricity.

Pointing to the president’s promise to transform Paktia into an economic zone, he said that even primary activities had not been done for reaching that goal.

“Turning an area into an economic zone requires different standards, we should exempt charges on electricity, build railways, utilize available raw materials, reduce or exempt taxes for a few years and some other steps that need to be taken before reaching that goal,” he said.

Meraj, an industrial who has a factory of clothes in Gardez, urged the authorities concerned to provide them some professional employees in this regard.

He said, “Our another problem is lack of professional workers as our machines are all computerized and it costs much when a fault is occurred, then we bring mechanics from Pakistaninfo-icon.”

Rahimullah Samandar, chief exertive (CE) of the Afghanistan Chamber of Industry department, told Pajhwok that attention was not paid to Paktia industry and industrialists still longed for an industry park.

Samandar said Paktia was home to important and expensive stones but no investment could be made in this field.

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