The biggest buyer of Afghan coal is Pakistan but Kabul is looking for new markets, said the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.
An official of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said separate delegations from China and India have discussed selling Afghan coal with ministry officials.
“China’s delegations want a safe way to export the country's coal, for now Badakhshan is a good way but Badakhshan doesn’t have good roads and Chah Bahar is another way,” said Esmatullah Burhan, spokesman for the Mines and Petroleum Ministry.
The Chamber of Commerce and Investment said the coal mines make more jobs for hundreds of citizens.
“Coal, and the export of coal, makes up ten to fifteen percent of job opportunities,” said Khan Jan Alokozai, a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Investment.
Afghanistan National Standards Authority seeks to start a lab to stabilize the quality of coal and gain credibility in global markets.
“We want to activate a lab to standardize the quality of our coal and this confirmation will allow our coal to count in global markets,” said Ashiq Ullah Wazir spokesman for Afghanistan National Standards Authority.
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