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September 17, 2018
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Change in Trade balance deficit still not satisfactory, CE Abdullah

KABUL: Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Council of Ministers Economic Committee (CMEC) held meeting on Monday to review agricultural crops’ exports, imports and standardization, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
He said despite positive changes in trade balance deficit, still the situation was not satisfactory, adding there should be no delay in implementation of the programs, according to the agency.
The ministry of economy presented the population’s national policy draft to the meeting, based on which in 1950, Afghanistan’s population was estimated to be 7.8 million and the number reached to 32.5 million in 2015, BNA added.
Within the policy, a specific framework has been established for prioritization, coordination and execution of population related programs in the country to balance the population growth, BNA went on to say.
Calling population’s national policy draft codification a positive step, Dr. Abdullah said the CMs meeting should further discuss population growth.
Likewise, the finance ministry reported about donor countries’ assistance to Afghanistan from 1395-1396 solar years. According to the report, in Brussels conference, the international community has committed to assist $15.2 billion, $4.3 billion of which has been paid by now.
“Balance deficit has had positive change, but we should not be satisfied, because, a small shortcoming would affect all sections,” CE Abdullah said.
He stressed all ministries were responsible to cooperate in implementation of agriculture growth policy. The meeting also discussed establishment of economic free zones, domestic products growth, exports’ increase, investment of a private sector to generate 200 mgw solar power and dollar smuggling.
The Kabul Times

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