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No accurate data on private sector hampers growth: ACCI

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Wednesday lamented over absence of complete and accurate data about number of industries in the country and said the issue was creating challenges for it.

The deputy chief of ACCI, Khanjan Alkozai, said that without exact fact and figure no plan or strategy would be successful.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Central Statistic Organization (CSO) officials here, he said that ACCI and other relevant organizations were faced to different types of challenge in the past 13 years due to absence of comprehensive data regarding the private sector.

He said that in the past conflicting statistics were released by different groups about Afghan industries. Keeping the problem in view, the ACCI and CSO had decided to collect correct and brief data jointly about private sector of the country.

The ACCI urged the traders to cooperate with the CSO in collecting of information about companies to have accurate data in future.

Acting chief of the CSO, Shir Mohammad Jamizada, said that his organization would carry out the second survey in near future to have an exact data about privates sector and people associated with it. First survey was launched nearly five years ago.

He said that having access to exact data would help the governmental and private institutions during policymaking and the projects that they would initiate based on the data would be successful.

Jamizada said that before launching the survey, workshops would be held in Kabul City and provinces to inform traders about the data collection process and urge them to share data with the CSO.

Afghan traders welcomed the proposed survey and said the data would not help the government and ACCI but also the industrialists.

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