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‘Most projects in Nangarhar go to war-hit areas next year’

‘Most projects in Nangarhar go to war-hit areas next year’

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Jan 01, 2020 - 17:23

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Economy Department of eastern Nangarhar province says most of next year’s projects have been allocated to war-affected districts of the province.

Nangarhar economy director Ghulamullah Afghanyar in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said his department monitored projects’ implementation and performance of offices and organizations as well as supported the private sector in development of the province during the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon.

He said they had prepared a development plan jointly with other relevant organs for Nangarhar province for 1399 solar. He said they included 145 projects worth 3.05 billion afghanis to the plan.

Most of these projects are allocated to districts which are affected by war during last few years and their residential areas, schools, healthcare centers and other public facilities were damaged.

Afghanyar said 35 of these projects were currently under work, 14 were yet to be launched while six other projects were under process in the National Procurement Commission NPC.

Some factors caused the projects not to be completed on time including late arrival of budget, time-consuming procurement process and lack of companies to implement development projects, he added.

Besides government departments, 178 organizations, with 39 of them foreign, also work in Nangarhar and they implemented 73 projects this year while 25 other projects are under work, he added.

Afghanyar rejected speculations that some organizations had stopped working in the province due to security reasons and said independent organizations had increased their activities in districts following improved security.

He said commerce level slightly declined due to closure of Torkham port and some other reasons but the revenue of the province increased compared to last year.

About the campaign for promoting Afghan currency, he said the drive would also help improve local economy.

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