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Afghanistan To Build Foreign Goods Smuggling Prevention Centers




(MENAFN - Wadsam) The
Afghan government plans to build five centers for the prevention of smuggling
of foreign goods.

President
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani made this announcement at an Iftar dinner held for Afghan
industrialists to share the problems they are facing.


'I
request you all to consider the government your partner and our work must be
purposeful,' said Ghani.


This
comes as foreign goods are smuggled into the country and damaging local
businesses.


According
to the Afghanistan Industrialists Association, Iranian goods are smuggled
through Islam Qala border in Herat and Farah and Delaram Nimroz, and Pakistani
goods are brought into Afghan markets illegally through Khost and Paktia
routes.


Statistics
from the Industrialists Association show that 3200 industries in 35 various
sectors are currently operating in Afghanistan. Last year, the production from
these industries showed a 7% increase.


Lack of security is one of the major challenges facing the industrialists. According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), 1800 investors moved their investment, to Uzbekistan and Turkey due to security concerns.
The transferred investment is estimated to be USD 600 million.

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Afghanistan To Build Foreign Goods Smuggling Prevention Centers

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