AWCC continues to drive progress, opens new service center in Baghlan
Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) inaugurated a new sales and service center in Pul-e Khumri city, in Baghlan, this week amid a growing network and customer base in the province.
According to AWCC officials, this new center is equipped with all the necessary facilities for customers in the city.
Currently, AWCC has 61 telecommunication antennas in the province, which provides 4G internet services to more than 20 service sites.
“There is no need for customers to go elsewhere; all their work is done here; their photos, their ID cards, their registrations; no need for our customers to [leave the province] do these things,” said Khair Mohammad Saljuqi, head of AWCC in the northeast of the country.
“We still have the most sales representatives in Pul-e Khumri city compared to other provinces,” he added.
Residents of Baghlan meanwhile welcomed the provision of better internet and telecommunication services by the company and asked for services to be expanded to remote areas of the province.
“Afghan Wireless Company operates rapidly not only in Baghlan province but also in 34 provinces of our country. We are completely satisfied with Afghan Wireless Company,” said one Baghlan resident.
In addition, officials of Baghlan’s department of telecommunication and technology said AWCC covers a large area of the province. They said however they hope all remote areas in the province will soon be connected.
“Efforts should be made so that places that do not have 3G and 4G internet can benefit from these services,” said Abdul Hanan Fayaz, head of the provincial department.
AWCC has meanwhile erected three new telecommunication antennas in Baghlan this year and converted several 3G sites to 4G, officials said.
As Afghanistan’s first wireless communications company, which was started in 2002, AWCC has for over 20 years driven the rapid, and continued growth of the country’s telecommunications market through its deployment of world-class HD voice communications, internet, data and mobile payment services.
As one of the largest private companies in the country, AWCC is also one of the largest private employers. The company has a direct workforce of over 6,000 people and it is responsible for more than 100,000 indirect jobs across Afghanistan.
The company is also the largest communications network company in the country and continues to expand its services across the nation, hoping to reach even the most remote village within the near future.
In addition, AWCC has in place strategic partnerships with over 400 wireless carriers in 125 countries, ensuring that Afghanistan remains connected.
Five-day expo in Herat of domestic products draws good response
Herat Chamber of Industries and Mines says a five-day expo of domestically manufactured goods has drawn over 20,000 visitors and that business owners have signed dozens of contracts with investors and traders from other provinces.
“The booths were very good, the facilities were very good, people had all visited, participated from Herat and other provinces, and many of the contracts were signed at this expo,” said Toryali Ghousi, deputy of Herat Chamber of Industries and Mines.
Officials also said that the factory owners have displayed their products in 120 booths.
Dairy and other consumable products along with plastic goods, medicines and home appliances were among the items showcased at this expo.
Business owners have welcomed initiatives to hold expos and say more are needed so as to encourage people to buy domestic products.
“If these expos are always held and people come to see the domestic products, Inshallah, we will be able to stop the goods coming from abroad and move towards self-sufficiency,” said one business owner.
“Most of the people are not aware of domestic products and when expos are held, they become aware of domestic products,” said another participant.
Process of exporting fresh fruit to world markets kicks off: MoIC
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) says the process of exporting fresh fruit to world markets has started.
The ministry’s spokesman Abdul Salam Jawad said that they are trying to market the country’s fresh fruits in order to export them at a reasonable price.
“Fortunately, we were able to export 20 tons of cherries to Kazakhstan, and our other fresh fruit is black cherry, which are ripe and almost ready to package, and we will export them to the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan,” he said.
The Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock also said that when problems with the issuing of visas by countries to Afghan businessmen are resolved, they can export more products.
“We have invested in the packaging and in the cold storage areas, and we have the ability to adjust and export this packaging to Europe and America based on global standards,” said Omid Haidari, head of foreign relations of the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock.
“Unfortunately, due to the lack of air corridors and subsidies from the Ministry of Agriculture, we indirectly export fruits to India and Pakistan, and later Indian and Pakistani businessmen buy from us and export to Europe,” he added.
However, a number of investors say that if the country’s fresh fruit is not marketed, farmers and businessmen will face losses.
“Seven kilos of our watermelons are sold for fifty afghanis, seven kilos of our watermelons from Farah to here [Kabul] cost forty afghanis as fare; the farmer is really very poor,” said a trader.
According to experts, if fresh fruit and other products of Afghanistan are regularly exported, the country’s national income will increase.
Over 3,600 boxes of silkworms distributed to Herat farmers this year
Herat Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock says more than 3,500 boxes of silkworms have been distributed to farmers this year in Zinda Jan, Injil, Guzara and Pashtun Zarghun districts of the province.
This directorate has said that 80 percent of silk work is done in Zinda Jan district.
“We were able to grow about 3,600 boxes with the help of institutions, about 80 percent of which we have grown in Zinda Jan district,” said Khalil Ahmad, general director of Herat agriculture directorate.
“About 20 percent of silkworms have been grown in Injil, Guzara and Pashtun Zarghun districts, which has had good results and the financial status of the farmers has improved.”
The local officials said most work in the silk industry is done by women.
“Almost 60 percent of the silk industry is done by women,” said Ahmad Shah Qawami, head of the silk workers’ union for Zinda Jan district.
This year, the families who are engaged in raising silkworms hope to have good production, now that the silk season is over and many are working to separate the silk thread.
However, the farmers are not satisfied with this year’s market conditions.
“The silk market is weak this year, it was good last year, it was very advanced,” said a silk worker.
The silk industry in Herat has a history dating back 600 years, and many families have preserved this ancient profession.
Silkworms usually feed on the leaves of mulberry trees, which grow in these regions. The industry also provides a livelihood to hundreds of men and women in the area.
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