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HEC approves investment plan for marble granite stone extraction

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President Ghani chairing High Economic Council meeting at the  Presidential Palace President Ghani chairing High Economic Council meeting at the Presidential Palace
 KABUL: The High Economic Council (HEC) with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair discussed establishment of dry ports and investment plan for extraction of the marble stones in the country, a presidential statement said.
Hinting to proposal made by the Ministry of Finance on establishment of dry ports in the country, President Ghani emphasized on evaluation of the opportunities, limitations and standards, tasking the ministry of finance and transport to work on a specific draft in close cooperation with the presidential senior advisor on infrastructural affairs, Dr. HomayounQaiumi.
Addressing the session, the president said the establishment of ports were aimed to ease import and export affairs and emphasized on capacity of the companies to work in the project. According to presidential statement, the ports would have space for parking, storages, loading, packing, custom process, transportation of the goods, spring houses and taxation. Later, the meeting was briefed on the joint report of the Ministries of Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industries on marble and granite stones extraction in the country. The meeting after detailed discussion approved the draft and emphasized on implementation of proper technical standards and decreasing of tax tariff on the companies.
Welcoming investments in the country, the president emphasized on effectiveness of the investments in the country.
According to initial estimation, Afghanistan’s marble stone mines worth more than 150 million USD and 25 companies are directly engaged with exploitation and another 108 with the processing, the presidential statement added.