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Ghani calls for viable economic development plans

Ghani calls for viable economic development plans

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Jan 05, 2017 - 15:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has called for evolving an effective plan for the country’s economic development and connecting Heart with Sher Khan Port in Kunduz province.

Ghani made the remarks during a meeting with tribal elders and influential figures of northeastern Kunduz province on Wednesday evening, a statement from his office said on Thursday.

The elders from Kunduz shared their problems including security, educationinfo-icon, agricultureinfo-icon, healthcare and nomads’ issues with the president, the statement added.

The elders suggested reforms in the Kunduz government and provision of essential facilities for private sector investors. Ghani sought cooperation from tribal elders, religious scholars and other people with reform efforts.

Identifying all its aspects is necessary for putting an end to the conflict in the country, according to Ghani, who claimed coordination among security organs had improved as a result of reforms.

“This country has been in crisis for the past four decades and some individuals see this crisis as promoting their interests, because the problem has become a source of income for them,” he remarked.

Ghani said Afghanistaninfo-icon had been converted into an integral part of Asia, where regional cooperation had improved. China was convinced that the Silk Route must pass through Afghanistan, he added.

Herat province would be connected with Kunduz’s Sher Khan Port in the next three years to help stabilise the country’s economic situation, he said.

“Our main focus in the north is on building a railway line and then supplying it with electricity. In this way, we would convert Afghanistan into the centre of gravity in the region,” he observed.

He said Kunduz would be connected with Iran, Turkmenistan and China. The government is committed to reforms, implementing development projects and providing basic facilities for the private sector, he concluded.

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