Owners of industrial businesses called on the government to prevent the smuggling of scrap metal out of the country, saying that the government should utilize the metal for domestic production.
They also complained that their factories were facing a shortage of raw materials.
“We have a serious request for the Islamic Emirate to not allow the trafficking of scrap metal out of the country,” said Abdul Naseer Rishtia, an owner of a factory.
The Afghanistan Industrial Association urged the World Bank to free up Afghan assets to pave the way for money exchanges between world countries and Afghanistan.
“The activities of industrial factories have dropped by 40 percent. The main reason is that the banks don’t work and the banks don’t lend us money,” said the head of the association, Abdul Jabar Safai, at a news conference on Wednesday in Kabul.
The head of the customs department of the Finance Ministry, Rahmatullah Abuzaid, said that there is no corruption in the customs offices across the country. He said that the government’s customs revenue has also increased.
“I saw that a factory was reopened which was earlier closed,” he said.
There are 18 industrial parks in Afghanistan, in which 5,500 factories are active, according to the owners of industrial businesses.