Afghanistan’s Industrial Association (AIA) complains the dumping policies of neighboring countries still persist which have caused recession of nearly 1,000 domestic industries out of 3,000 industries previously active throughout the country.
The AIA officials warned Friday that the country’s industries are in the worst situation as there is no strong will of the government to prevent import of goods similar to domestic products.
The neighboring countries are providing their industries with up to 25 percent subsidy which withholds the Afghan domestic products to compete with the similar goods imported from these countries, AIA head Sherbaz Kaminzada said.
“Right now you cannot find any industry which will be able to operate more than three hours in a day,” Kaminzada said. “Our industries are currently unable to have a good use of the available workforce.”
Because of the negligence of the government, he complained the domestic industries have failed so far to compete with foreign industries.
The election issues, withdrawal of foreign troops, dumping polices of neighbors and absence of government will for the growth of domestic industries are said to be among main reasons behind closure of about 1,000 industries.
The MPs blame the issue on the government, saying there has been no comprehensive policy for the growth of domestic industries and enterprises.
“We want the government, especially the President to have a serious plan to help the growth of industries to get rid of economic crises,” MP Obaidullah Barakzai said.
It said that nearly $14 billion have been invested in industrial sector over the past 12 years; however a large part of these investments have been flown from the country as the capital flight is still on the rise following the uncertain future of the country.