The second phase of the Kajaki power dam, now providing 100 megawatts of power, was inaugurated on Wednesday with senior officials of the Islamic Emirate and a top Turkish diplomat attending.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the first Deputy Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, said that the Afghans should themselves work for their country.
Meanwhile, the acting Minister of Economy, Din Mohammad Hanif, said that 7 billion cubic meters of water is flowing from Afghanistan abroad annually.
“If we control our water, we will have developments including power,” he said.
The second phase of the Kajaki dam was constructed by a Turkish company for $160 million.
The Ministry of Energy and Water said that the dam will provide electricity to the provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.
Speaking at the ceremony, 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi said the project will pave the way for investment. He promised the Islamic Emirate would provide security for investors and asked Afghan traders to invest in the country.
“Those who invested during the conflict, we urge them to come now and invest in education, energy, the private sector and mine extraction,” he said.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sher Mohammad Abas Stanikzai, urged the Islamic Emirate to make efforts for the alleviation of poverty and the creation of job opportunities in the country.
“There are efforts day and night, thus we can stand the country on its feet economically,” he said.
The Turkish ambassador in Afghanistan, Cihad Erginay, told the gathering that the Turkish traders are ready to invest in Afghanistan.
“The completion of such projects by a Turkish company for the first time is not accidental. We should look at this investment as a deep historic, cultural and economic moment in our relations,” he said.