Private sector calls on Afghan Government for further co-operation and development on domestic production

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the National Center for Policy Research jointly inaugurated a roundtable on "encouraging and developing domestic productions in the light of provincial enterprises agenda" which was set at Inter-Continental Hotel, wherein members of parliament, senior governmental officials, scholars, representatives of civil societies, private sector from across the country’s basic economic zones such as (Herat, Kandahar, Balkh and Ningarhar) and different media had taken part.

At the event, relevant issues were discussed and supports for the inspiration of domestic products to the private sector were accordingly announced. recommendations of Provincial Business Agenda which has been prepared by ACCI and contribution of related business and commercial unions, through which a great number of blocking challenges toward manufacturers, industrialists, businessmen and entrepreneurs is identified and specific recommendations for overcoming to the obstacles on trade, domestic industry and real economic growth have been proposed. More than 1,700 businessmen, entrepreneurs and manufacturers from Nangarhar, Balkh, Kandahar and Herat have suggested their recommendations and information in drafting process of Provincial Businesses Agendas.

Participants believe that adoption of productivity and industry growth activities as well as investments and stimulation of public to use the domestic productions would have a fundamental key expedition toward economic growth in the country. For further promotion, development and encouragement of domestic products, they asked the government to extend its further cooperation than every other time.

Mr. Atiqullah Nusrat, CEO of ACCI while welcoming the participants, appreciated the closed technical contribution of CIPE institution and provincial Chamber of Herat, Kandahar, Balkh and Ningarhar on drafting process.

Mr. Nusrat Added: “currently, for assessing the obstacles and problem on legal activities of private sector, presentation of specific and practical plans to government for purpose of solving the problems; provision of audition programs like: debates, surveys and specific agendas, would have a great influence. Unless, the officials have good work relation with private sector, the problems would stand ever. As priorities, since 2006, ACCI has adopted specific measures toward making evaluation obstacle record on investment and trade; for instance, ACCI through inauguration of advocacy programs on business opportunity agendas has risen as the advocate of private sector in last previous years.”

He marked the absence of security and corruption, lack of transparency in policies, high and unpredictable taxes, and the absence of standardized infrastructures and inexistence of electronic power as major blocks toward the activities of private sector in the country; for the solution of which, every respective local enterprise has suggested the L.Gs key recommended suggestions to resolution of problems.

Mr. Nusrat additionally added: “ACCI believes that local business Agenda could be used as one of the effective document on business trade and investment in Balkh, Herat, Ningarhar and Kandahar provinces and related officials can largely get used of the documentation for the will of the aforementioned as well as other provinces.”

Thereinafter, Mohammad Naseb head of CIPE institution hoped for the implementation of recommendation and evaluation of provincial agenda from the government and necessary measures to be taken.

Afterward, Mr. Hamidullah Noor Abbad head of National center for policy research called the round table significant and asked the government for paying attention to industries and agriculture sector.

During the round table, the provincial agenda of four zones were briefly presented by lecturer Ahmad Sayar.

It is noteworthy, that the brief report on opinions and recommendations of participants would lately be provided to relevant governmental institutions, departments, private sector, civil society organizations, donor agencies, business associations and Medias. In addition, ACCI, CIPE institution and the National Center for Policy Research based at Kabul University would continue their activities with the relevant government departments and members of Parliament to monitor the implementation of recommendations and to expedite initiation process of a productive environment for development of business and domestic production growth according to the provincial suggestion agenda of enterprises in Afghanistan.