The Afghan business community on Friday called on the government to expedite reforms in customs offices and other relevant departments and remove all existing barriers in their way to help them to increase their investment and play a bigger role in the country's economic growth.
Businessmen from Sanae Sabz Industrial Park in Kabul where lands have been allotted to more than 450 investors, said that many investors are willing to invest despite the challenges they face.
“Kabul Chamber of Mines and Industries plans to allot lands to factory owners in reasonable prices at the Sanae Sabz Industrial Parks,” said Sakhi Ahmad Paiman, the deputy head Afghanistan Chambers Federation.
The industrial park was established in 2014 by a private company.
“Over the past six years, we have allotted land to 450 investors, 150 places have been considered for those who have been associated with the construction sector,” said Mohammad Hussaini Amiri, an investor.
“In recent years, efforts have been made by the government to establish 40 industrial parks by the government, but the pace of the work has been too slow. Even today, the allotment of land takes a lot of time,” said Rahimullah Samandar, the CEO of Afghan Chamber of Mines and Investment.
Analyst said the government should come up with more incentives to help attract national and international investment.