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Shortage of electricity, workplace created problems for Paktia investors

Shortage of electricity, workplace created problems for Paktia investors

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Aug 11, 2018 - 18:08

GARDIZ (Pajhwok): Investors and traders in southern Paktia province have said lack of electricity and place for an industrial park created problems for them.

They say they use power generators on personal cost and residential areas for their factories, but if provided with facilities, their production and investment can increase by manifold.

Abdullah Khan, owner of a soap making factory in Gardiz, the capital of Paktia province, told Pajhwok Afghan News he invested around $150,000 and hired 30 people in his factory.

He said he imported the factory equipment from Pakistaninfo-icon but he was faced problems due to lack of electricity and a proper workplace.

“Currently we produce around 1.5 ton of soap on daily basis, we send the product to Khost, Paktika, Kabulinfo-icon and Parwan provinces; but lack of electricity is a major problem for us, if we facilitated with electricity it would help us a lot and will also reduce prices, another major problem is lack of a good place for work,” he said.

Khan said that the government had promised to provide them land in industrial park but they still did not get it.

Mohammad Sediq, owner of a clothes factory, said that his factory produce dresses, shawls, warm clothes, tarpaulins and some other type of clothes and offer them to market inside Paktia and some other provinces of the country.

He also complained about lack of electricity and proper place for his factory and asked officials concerned to resolve their problems.

On the other hand, a shopkeeper from Ghanzi province, Lamar Gul, who was visiting the clothes factory in Gardiz, said that security and stability was essential for investment and trade.

“In the past, we were importing clothes from Peshawar but now from Gardiz city, the price is also low and the distance is short, security is very important for business so traders do not feel insecure on transportation routes,” he said.

Paktia Commerce and Industries Chamber head, Abdul Nasir Alamyar, said that many international and national investors contacted them about investment in Paktia province, but lack of electricity, industrial park and security were main problems.

“The president promised many things to us, he also promised to build an industrial park here and turn Paktia to an economic zone, but I don’t think only words could bring change, unfortunately investors have no electricity and place for work,” he said.

However, Paktia Commerce and Industries Department head, Naqib Sarhadi said that building the industrial park was halted due to lack of budget.

He said around $5 million was invested in different factories in Paktia and the investment can increase to $30 million if traders provided with needed facilities.

“We are just waiting for the distribution procedure of the industrial park to arrive, which relates to industrial parks policy, secondly, budget is also important for the construction of the park,” he added.

Mohammad Asif Niazai, Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) head for Paktia, said that commerce and industries organs did not provide information about the amount of electricity the parks need.

He said, “We first need to know how much electricity the factories need, if the current electricity can fulfill their need then we can provide it to them otherwise we should install an additional transformer,”

Paktia industrial park was approved years ago and was inaugurated during the President Ashraf Ghani’s recent trip to the province, but practical work on the construction process yet to begin.

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