Chief Executive: Afghanistan should achieve economic self-sufficiency in the near future

The meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was held this morning (Tuesday, November 11) under the leadership of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at Sapedar Palace.

At the meeting, the Interior Ministry deputy announced heavy attacks on the anti-government insurgents’ strongholds, saying they have lost the ability to confront the country's security forces and that security forces are advancing into Taliban-occupied areas.

Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah praised the recent Afghan Armed Forces' efforts for security developments, adding that the country's security forces are fighting with high spirits against the enemies of the people and that the people will never ignore their sacrifices.

Further, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce presented a comparative report on the country's trade balance, which showed that Afghan exports increased by 5.5% in the second quarter of fiscal year 1398 compared to the second quarter of last year. According to the report, imports in the second quarter of this year also decreased by 8% compared to the last year.

At the meeting, Chief Executive Abdullah said Afghanistan's products and commodities have sufficient capacity to compete with foreign commodities and that further capacity building is needed so that Afghanistan achieve economic self-sufficiency in the near future.

The Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of Afghanistan reported on the implementation of the Rural Development Program aimed at enhancing the economic and social capacity of rural women. The program has so far been projected in 38 districts of the country.

The Chief Executive of the country, appreciating the efforts made in the development of the rural women's economy, said that the country's development and improvement foundation depends on the participation of women in growth and development programs, and that agencies should accelerate efforts to contribute to women's economic development and growth.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Refugees and Repatriations said the agency's efforts alongside with national and international partner agencies to address the early needs of migrants and displaced persons in the cold season have accelerated.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, directed the Ministry Of Refugees And Repatriation to have umbrella programs in place before the winter season arrives.

Later, the head of the High Commission on Atomic Energy discussed the major problems and proposals of the Bureau. He added that the commission had planned a total of 48 major programs in fiscal year 1398, of which 35 were completed, three are ongoing and seven have not been initiated due to administrative and financial problems.

CE. Abdullah, appreciating the efforts of the High Commission on Atomic Energy, considered the department's role in the environmental study vital and directed the chairman of the Council of Ministers to coordinate the department's problems.

The head of the Afghanistan National Standardization Authority (ANSA) then introduced the agency's plans to support domestic production and boost exports, create a healthy economic and resilient economic environment in the country, protect and improve the environment, facilitate trade and fulfill the country's international obligations which was prepared and edited by World Trade organization and Technical Barberries to Trade (WTO / TBT).

The head of the Ministry of Energy and Water reported on the progress of the 2.1 MW hydroelectric power plant construction project in Manogi district of Kunar province. He said the equipment needed for the dam has been prepared, but has not been completed due to security threats.

Chief Executive Abdullah praised the efforts of the ANSA and iterated the programs should be practical and priorities should be addressed. He also ordered the security agencies to provide security services to the Manogi district of Kunar province.