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Pakistan hands over 3,600 tons of wheat seed to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: March 1, 2022)

Pakistan on Monday handed over the first consignment of 3,600 metric tons of wheat seed to Afghanistan as a gesture of goodwill.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan handed over the consignment, 28 truckloads, to Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Maulana Fazl Bari Fazli at the Torkham border crossing.

Speaking to the media, Mansoor Ahmad Khan said that the Pakistani government has been cooperating with the Afghan government and its people on humanitarian grounds.

Pakistan has brotherly relations with Afghanistan and extends full cooperation to provide food, medicine, education and medical aid to the Afghan government, he said.

He said that emergency facilities were being provided to patients from Afghanistan while talks were underway between the two governments to permanently resolve the difficulties being faced by Afghan medical patients at border crossings.

He further said that the government of Pakistan has set up three big hospitals in Afghanistan and measures are being taken to up-grade these hospitals so that Afghans get good medical facilities in their own country.

The Pakistani ambassador said that steps have also been taken to expedite and facilitate trade between the two countries adding that due to certain situations in Afghanistan the trade volume has been affected between the two countries.

To promote trade and to solve the problems of the business community, Islamabad and Kabul want to rehabilitate the existing highway and construct a separate route for trade. He said Pakistan would continue its cooperation with Afghanistan to strengthen bilateral relations.

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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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