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September 17, 2018
The Kabul Times

HEC holds meeting

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has chaired the meeting of the High Economic Council (HEC) at The Presidential Palace, a statement said Sunday.
The meeting members exchanged views about the agenda, including amendments in the exploratory contract and distribution of Sandoqli and Mazar-e-Sharif oil blocks (Afghan-Tajik) and discussed reports related to the Barikab industrial and agriculture parks and distribution of lands in the park, according to the statement.
After providing details about the said issues by one of the officials of the ministry of mines and petroleum, the president approved the amendments considering the viewpoints of the meeting members.
The president instructed the ministry of mines to provide a clear self-sufficeint plan about the oil exploration, as according to him, the oil was one of the main needs, particularly for the country’s defense and security forces, and needed to be secured from the country’s facilities.
About the report provided by one of the officials of the ministry of commerce and industries, present at the meeting, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah said the nature of the parks which is agricultural and industrial, should not change and facilitation should be provided for the demanding companies to encourage the Afghan investors inside country.
The participants also proposed a consultative institution to remove problems of the experienced companies with good traditional products, but failing to fill the forms due to some reasons, the statement continued.
After inclusive discussion by the participants, the president approved 16 companies proposals to own land plots in the industrial and agriculture townships in Barikab area, according to the statement.
The president also tasked the Capital Zone Administration to establish a group that could cooperate with the companies so that the Afghan traders return from neighboring countries and invest in the country.
According to the president, no problem has been seen in the security of the said park and the Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat has been instructed to secure standard electricity for the park.
The president also instructed the land administration to provide a legal document for managing the future of the park, in which the duties and authorities of the governmental entities and the investing companies could be specified.
The Kabul Times

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