Turkmenistan Vows Support to Afghan Carpet Industry


Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in his recent visit of Kabul promised to his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani that his Ministry of Carpet will provide technical support to the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) in boosting the Afghan carpet industry.

Ghani in a press conference with Berdimuhamedow on Thursday stated that carpet was one of Afghanistan’s major export products and up to 1.6 million Afghan population is engaged with this occupation.

Ghani called Turkmenistan’s assistance important to the revival of the industry.

Furthermore, Ghani has instructed MoCI to take comprehensive steps towards resolving the issues facing the industry and the exporters.

According to the Afghan carpet exporters, Ghani has asked the ministry to prepare a plan within two weeks aimed at boosting carpet production and its export.

“We hope our carpet industry will develop,” said Esmatullah, head of Afghan Carpet Exports Association. “President has promised to focus on revival of the industry,”

Meanwhile, the economists blamed the past governments for faltered carpet industry.

“Over the past years, the government failed to develop this sector,” economic analyst Azarakhsh Hafizi said.

Furthermore, the carpet weavers called on the government to establish a specific industrial park for carpet.

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