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Govt vows to remove trade barriers

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The government will address all challenges including insecurity and corruption that the national traders are facing, chief executive Abdullah Abdullah pledged Tuesday.

“The national unity government will step up efforts to address all challenges,” he assured the businessmen.

“Although the security forces were engaged in fight against terrorism in 2015, but this should not be an excuse for lack of security for investors and businessmen in the country.”

Government will exert utmost efforts to protect investment inside the country and pave the ground for new investment, he insisted.

Head of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) Qurban Haqjoo said that “insecurity, lack of stability of economic policy, infrastructure, loan facilities, machineries, professional cadres and corruption are the main barriers before traders and investment across the country.

He said that investment decreased by 22 per cent in the past three quarter of in 2015 comparing to previous years.

He said that traders face different challenges such as kidnapping, old bureaucracy, corruption, threat, which negatively affects investment.

Haqjoo said that they would draft a four-year strategy to lead the country from donation economy to a developing domestic one.

Deputy of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Khanjan Alokozai termed existence of corruption at high level and increased taxes main barriers for traders throughout the country.

“Disappointing behavior of governmental organs with traders is another challenge,” he added.

He insisted that the government must remove barriers from business sector and create balance in the law enforcement.

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