Trade Facilitation and Industrial Development (WG4), 8th meeting

The eighth meeting of the fourth Working Group of PriSEC (Trade and Industrial Development) was held on June 17, 2021, in the meeting hall of the Ministry of Economy with the presence of Co-chairs and members of the working group from government institutions and the private sector.

 

The meeting began with the opening and welcome of Excellency Nabi Soroush, Deputy Minister of Economy, and the minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and signed by the Co-chairs. Then, the decisions of the previous meeting were reviewed and the issues on the agenda were discussed.

 

  • Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) shall organize a technical meeting to identify small and medium manufacturing companies and industries to shorten/simplify the process of access to electricity, the establishment of preferential tariffs, and finalization of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between DABS and ACBR (MoIC) to connect the system of Afghanistan Central Business Registry & Intellectual Property (ACBR-IP) with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat

 

  • The Industrial Park Development procedure has been prepared and reviewed and sent to the High Economic Council (HEC) for approval. The issue of Private Industrial Parks is also foreseen as a legal problem in the procedure and in a technical meeting with the officials of private parks, the mentioned issue will be included in the procedure.

 

  • In Aqina (Faryab Province) and Nangarhar ports, digital cameras (CCTV) for monitoring the key activities of customs and providing transparency have been installed and connected to the center. Soon these cameras will be installed in three other ports (Herat, Kandahar, Nimroz) as well.

 

  • The plan to establish a private sector complaint office (Corruption related) has been developed and is currently being submitted for approval to the first vice president office (OFVP). It was suggested that the main purpose of this office should be to solve problems, deal with complaints, and fight corruption.

 

  • Access to Electricity for Industries and the Manufacturing sector is another reform of this working group, according to which the process of access to electricity for industrial companies has been reduced from 130 days to 70 days. However, there are still other problems in adaptation, distribution capacity, and disconnection of electricity. These issues will be addressed in a dialogue between DABS and the Chamber of Industries and Mines (ACIM)

 

In this meeting, esteemed representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Chamber of Industries and Mines, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, Investment Facilitation Unit- AOP, Chamber of Commerce and Investment, International Chamber of Commerce, Afghanistan National Standards  Authority (ANSA), Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MOMP), ACEBA, General Directorate of Customs (MOF), Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI), and PriSEC Secretariat – First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan were present.

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