The Afghan private sector is expected to offer a list of demands pertaining the protection of banking system, long-term guarantees safeguarding business activities and Afghan women’s investment to the High Peace Council, the Taliban, and the international community amid recent diplomatic efforts at national and international levels for ending the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
Speaking to a gathering in the view of current diplomatic efforts for peace in Afghanistan, representatives of the private sector said that despite efforts for peace in Afghanistan have raised some hopes among business community and the Afghans in general, but at the same time, there is concerns among the investors about the fallout of the talks.
“We are not satisfied with the role of the private sector in the peace process,” said Shirbaz Kaminzada, head of Chamber of Mines and Industries.
At least AFs34 billion has been invested on 14 banks of Afghanistan during the past 18 years, officials said, adding that these banks also provided AFs42 billion loans to the people and created up to 10,000 jobs to the public.
“Islamic banking is also active in Afghanistan and it is working in many other Islamic nations. By using the privileges of this kind of banking system, the private sector has received hundreds of millions of dollars loan and is conducting its investment. There should be a solid guarantee that no change occurs in this process,” said Attiqullah Nusrat, CEO of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
The private sector members pledged to bring their billions of dollars investment from the UAE and Turkey back to Afghanistan once peace is restored in the country.
Umer Daudzai, President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Envoy, said at a press conference on Tuesday that the upcoming Grand Consultative Jirga on Peace will consider the demands of the private sector in the talks with the Taliban.
“We are expecting your recommendations to see your teamwork and your debates. Your recommendations will be taken into consideration in the Peace Jirga,” said Daudzai.