The officials at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) said efforts are underway to pave the way for the extraction of major mines, and that illegal extraction of mines will be prevented.
On Saturday, four new deputies were introduced to the MoMP.
Speaking at a ceremony introducing deputies, the acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum said that not all of the issues caused by more than 40 years of war in the various sectors will be solved in the short term.
“We should put aside our personal interests. All problems in Afghanistan have been due to personal interests,” he said.
He said that after the Islamic Emirate came to power, the national sovereignty and security is in place in 34 provinces and that more than 2,000 former government employees work in the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.
“The activities of this ministry will be increased. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mines is looking forward to facilitating the development in Afghanistan," said Esmatullah Burhan, a spokesman for the MoMP.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed deputy minister, Zia-ur-Rahman said that they will pave the way for domestic and foreign investors to invest in mines.
“We will try to provide facilities inside the country to encourage foreigners to invest in the mines sector,” he said.
According to the acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, more than 2,000 employees of the former government are working in the ministry and female employees are being paid while being at home.