Abdullah Assures Businessmen Their Issues Will Be Addressed

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday addressed a number of Afghan businessmen where he assured them the necessary facilities would be provided for them to invest in the country.

He said however insecurity has been one of the main challenges for businessmen in the country.

“Afghanistan’s enemies wanted to break down the Afghan government in 2015; therefore, government paid more attention to security issues, which resulted in some gaps in this aspect,” he told businessmen at a meeting on the assessment of investment situation in Afghanistan.

He said endemic corruption was inherited from the previous government but added that the National Unity Government (NUG) is committed to fighting graft.

“Corruption in public office is a reality which has become part of people’s lives but we consider that there will not be any political consideration in the fight against the phenomenon,” he added.

Going into details of the agenda of the session, the chairman of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, said: “This session reviews opportunities and challenges and also it will map out a strategic plan for the next four years – where it will prioritize the demands of the private sector.”

Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) blamed the NUG for not supporting businessmen and said there has been corruption in government’s contracts.

“Both we and the president are happy that we earned 114 billion Afs [last year] but we should not forget that we used to earn $120 billion USD in income [during the previous government]. Mr. Ghani has taken this money from the people but he has not prevented the endemic corruption,” said ACCI deputy chief Khan Jan Alokozay.

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