Iran to help bolster Afghan economic sector

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Iran’s envoy for Afghanistan promised that his country would work together and help Afghanistan’s economic sector.

Iranian envoy Hasan Kazemi Qomi during a meeting with Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the remarks and added that Iran would help various sectors in Afghanistan including mining, agriculture, energy and railways.

“Iran’s envoy for Afghanistan expressed his country’s readiness to help agriculture, mining and energy in Afghanistan,” said Hafez Zia Ahmad Takal, deputy spokesperson of MoFA.

The leadership of the Ministry of Economy who was present at the meeting expressed hope that the meeting would result in progress for the Afghan economy.

“Iran is an economic and commercial partner of Afghanistan in the region. The trip of the Iranian envoy will have an impact on the development of economic and trade relations between the two countries and such cooperation will benefit both Iran and Afghanistan,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, Deputy Minister economy.

“In the current situation, Iran’s economic and trade relations with Afghanistan will be very effective, the two countries should take important steps on the basis of economic agreements,” said Taj Mohammad Talash, economic expert.

Meanwhile, as trade relations strengthen between Afghanistan and Iran, the illegal import of goods from Iran to Afghanistan has also increased, according to the Afghanistan Chambers Federation (ACF).

The volume of goods entering Afghanistan through smuggling from Iran and Pakistan is equal to the level of goods arriving legally and the tendency to seriously harm domestic production, ACF chief Khan said. Jan Alokozai.

“Fifty percent of the goods are imported legally and 50% illegally, not only from Iran, but also from Pakistan. This trend is having a serious impact on our economy,” Alokozai added. He said the illegal importation of goods from Iran had doubled following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce said the government is taking appropriate measures to prevent the illegal import of goods.

“We have discussed the matter with the Afghan Ministry of Home Affairs and the heads of our border and customs offices, as well as with our business community and the Ministry of Finance. We are seeking to ensure the formation of a committee to prevent this as soon as possible,” said Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani, candidate for the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Earlier, a number of businessmen and members of the Chamber of Industries and Mines raised concerns about what they described as Iran’s dumping policy in Afghanistan. —Tolonews