The High Economic Council (HEC) with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session here the other day and discussed different issues, including ministries’ performances in line with endorsement of the council, investment on carpet industry, women’s economic empowerment, assigning of a specific place for dried fruit market and Singapore training programs for government employees, a statement said.
According to presidential press office, at the outset a report was presented on ministries’ performances in line with decisions of the high economic council, adding the president instructed the line ministries to prepare their report of performances based on the council’s decisions within one week.
Afterward, the draft on establishment of Afghanistan’s handmade carpet factory was presented by Eng. Sayed Abbas, one of the country’s businessmen, adding transformation of the traditional way of carpet weaving into modern one, employment, increase in production, exportation of Afghan carpet and training of the people in line with carpet weaving make the main goals of the draft.
Eng. Sayed Abbas went on saying the factory would create job opportunities to 6000 women and around 2100 carpet weaving centers would be established. According to him, Afghanistan’s Rug and Carpet center with already purchased machinery intends to invest 3 million USD to establish the first Afghan handmade carpet weaving factory at the total area of 32 acres of land in Kabul industrial park.
Hinting on importance of the carpet industry, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah said government supports the draft, adding the environment issue needs to be also considered.
Meanwhile pointing to establishing of the carpet exhibition and market, the first deputy to chief executive Eng. Mohammad Khan called for urgent attention to carpet industry, adding Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commence could ease the process.
Minister of Commerce Homayoun Rassa told the session that the ministry has closely worked with the said company, adding 1500 samples of the carpet need to be purchased so that to attract exporters and find market for the Afghan carpet. He said the aim behind the draft is to institutionalize the traditional Afghan carpet.
Qudratullah Delawari head of the Breshina Sherkat said the Afghan carpet is famous for its handmade style, adding industrial machinery would affect its identity.
Hinting to importance of Afghan carpet and investment in this sector, President Ghani said samples of Afghan carpet should be purchased and exhibited in one of the presidential palace’s towers for domestic and foreign guests, adding would instruct the administrative office of the president to fulfill the government institutions’ need through purchasing the Afghan carpet and the Afghan mission abroad would also be tasked to ease holding of Afghan carpet exhibition.
The president emphasized that the carpet colors should be Afghan origin, adding children shouldn’t be recruited and alternatives need to be searched-for.
The president also said that government doesn’t have proper marketing experiences, asking the private sector to play its key role in the said sector.
Later, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyred and Disabled presented a draft on women’s economic empowerment.