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Afghanistan Exports 20 Tons of Grapes to India via Chabahar

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

For the first time, the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries exported 20 tons of grapes to India’s markets through Iran’s Chabahar Port, officials said on Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Afghanistan has sent a total of 700 tons of goods to India through Chabahar.

The exported goods include legume, precious stones, and dry fruits.

Sameer Rasa, Spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Commerce has told that the export of fresh fruits was challenging because fruits can get spoiled quickly; however, the first attempt was successful.

Mr. Rasa added that Afghanistan will soon begin exports of Kandahar pomegranate and Maidan Wardak apple via Chabahar to India’s markets.

Afghan officials believe that the increase of business through Chabahar will pave the way for positive business competitions in the region. In addition, the Afghan goods have reached India’s markets at a low cost via Chabahar Port.

Two days ago, Pakistan announced that the Torkham border crossing, the busiest port of entry between Afghanistan and Pakistan, will remain operational round-the-clock on a trial basis from Monday, 02 September.

The Chabahar Port was inaugurated late in 2017. The port provides a key supply route for Afghanistan and allows India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia.

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Pakistan to import gas from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan: report

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(Last Updated On: December 9, 2022)

The government of Pakistan, facing gas shortage as winter sets in, has worked out a plan to import liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) overland from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, Pakistan Today reported on Thursday.

The customs office in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, after consultations with stakeholders, sent a plan to the Federal Board of Revenue to import LPG across the Chaman border, the paper said, citing sources. The federal government is ready to take the big step of importing LPG from Turkmenistan and will allow entry of tanker trucks, the sources said.

Afghan haulers plan to drive empty Pakistani tanker trucks across the Chaman border to the border with Turkmenistan in Torghuni to fill them with LPG. They will then drive back to Chaman and hand the trucks over to Pakistani haulers, who will deliver the gas to the point of destination in Pakistan, according to the report.

The documents cited by Pakistan Today lay out three plans: immediate, short-term and long-term. Under the first, imports will begin immediately, while the short-term plan will require six to eight months and the long-term plan, which calls for setting up a station to load LPG into Pakistani fuel trucks, will take one year.

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Another cotton processing factory established in Kandahar: officials

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(Last Updated On: December 9, 2022)

Kandahar provincial officials said Thursday another cotton processing factory has been established in the province at a cost of more than 50 million afghanis.

According to them, the factory has the ability to process 32 tons of cotton, two tons of oil, and two tons of soap within eight hours.

Meanwhile, Chamber of Industry and Commerce officials in Kandahar province said that if electricity problems in Kandahar industrial parks are resolved, inactive factories would be restarted.

Sayed Sarwar Amani, head of the Kandahar Chamber of Industry and Commerce, said: “If we have electricity, we will see more factories opening.”

Business owners said they are facing numerous problems in the industrial parks.

“We call on the Islamic Emirate to provide facilities and services for the investors,” said Abdul Bari, one industrial park business owner.

The local officials meanwhile stated that they will try to solve the problems and provide a good working environment for the people.

The latest cotton processing plant brings the total in Kandahar to 27 such factories, which in turn provide employment for 1,500 people directly and 3,000 people indirectly.

Annually, 170,000 tons of processed cotton are exported from these factories, which collectively generate $400 million.

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IEA launches investment and visa center at Kabul airport

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(Last Updated On: December 8, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), on Wednesday opened a center for investment and an emergency visa unit at Kabul Airport.

At a ceremony at the airport, the minister of industry and trade said it is necessary to establish such centers to facilitate technical services and issue visas for international businessmen and investors.

“This unit was established to provide services to those international businessmen and investors who intend to invest in Afghanistan, as well as colleagues and engineers who cooperate with the private sector of the country,” said Nooruddin Azizi, Minister of Industry and Trade.

Azizi also added that with the opening of this unit, more opportunities of investment in the country have been provided, compared to that in the past.

This center was inaugurated on Wednesday by Nooruddin Azizi, Minister of Industry and Trade, as well as the ministers of finance; of transport and aviation; the deputy minister of interior, chamber of commerce officials and a number of high-ranking officials.

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