The negotiations over technical affairs of the TAPI Pipeline project are underway with the Turkmen officials, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said on Thursday, adding that work on the project will be resumed after acquisition of land.
“Our technical team is working with the technical team of Turkmenistan. We are trying to finish work on the acquisition of land and to resume the project,” said Ahmad Wali Haqmal, a spokesman for the MoF.
He also said that the financial problems of the project have been resolved.
The deputy Minister of Economy, Abdul Latif Nazari, said that the TAPI pipeline project will help the country’s economy.
“The TAPI pipeline project is important for the trade and transit of Afghanistan and the region. The Ministry of Economy is attempting to attract investment for this project,” he said.
Economists believe that the Islamic Emirate should attempt to start work on the TAPI project.
“Lack of implementation of TAPI project or a delay in its implementation will affect Afghanistan’s economic development,” said Siar Qureshi, an economist.
On the sidelines of the third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Among the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan, the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, Raşit Meredow, where they also discussed the TAPI and TAP projects.