Chief Executive at the Economic committee of the Council Of Ministers: Prioritize Increased Exports and Employment


The meeting of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers was held today under the leadership of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The agenda of the meeting was focused on the economic impact of the air corridors and the Lapis Lazuli Route, the labor market situation, the gemstone trade, and the preparedness of the Afghan Red Crescent Society in winter.

The Ministry of Commerce and industries reported that three shipments of 15 containers with 317 tons of goods were shipped to European countries this year via Lapis Lazuli Road. Exports through the air corridor also rose 33 percent this year.

The ministry added that Afghanistan's non-membership in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, the absence of an agreement with Georgia and Azerbaijan, high transport rates are among the obstacles and challenges against expansion of exports in the country.

The meeting decided that the relevant government ministries should work together on the challenges and opportunities exist in of the Lapis Lazuli Route and report at the next meeting.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs reported on the labor market saying: "7.2 percent of the workforce is inactive and the other 8.5 percent is active. Of the two million unemployed, 45 percent are youth."

"Two years ago, an agreement was signed between the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan to send 19,000 workers to UAE, but has not been implemented due to the lack of a certification center for approving workers' skills and training," report reads.

Chief Executive Abdullah tasked that the Ministries of Economy, Refugees and Repatriation, Foreign Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs, and the Central Statistics Organization to discuss a plan, at a joint meeting ,on establishment of a labor certification Center.

The Ministry of Economy put forward a proposal to resolve the issue of precious stone contracts, saying that the complexity of the administrative process, smuggling, extortion, and rising stone prices in contrast to the neighboring countries has stagnated the industry. Afghanistan has the best marble, granite, and limestone.

The Committee decided that the ministries of mines and petroleum, the economy, and the finance would try to create more facilities.

The Afghan Red Crescent Society presented a detailed report on the Red Crescent's achievements and plans for the committee, saying it distributed food and non-food assistance to 376,000 families on the year 1398 AH. Also, 3621212 people benefited from health services.

1954 children were reported to have been treated at home and abroad through the Red Crescent.

The Afghan Red Crescent Society announced preparations for 11,000 families in 15 vulnerable provinces.

Chief Executive Abdullah said the government backs the Afghan Red Crescent Society by preserving its independence and credibility.