Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, the Deputy PM for Economic Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, addressed a conference organized by Afghan expatriate investors in Iran
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, the Deputy PM for Economic Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, addressed a conference organized by Afghan expatriate investors in Iran. He highlighted the improvement in security for Afghan citizens and businessmen since the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, allowing them to conduct business safely. Mullah Baradar Akhund also discussed the stabilization of the economic situation, citing the reduction of corruption and bureaucracy to facilitate investment. He mentioned efforts to provide adequate electricity for industry, develop industrial parks, lower taxes on raw materials, and initiate highway reconstruction for improved trade. He emphasized the support for domestic products through increased import taxes on items Afghanistan produces and the promotion of Afghan products in exhibitions. The Deputy PM noted that foreign investors, such as Turkish, Iranian, Arab, and British companies, are engaging in mining contracts. To streamline the investment process and minimize bureaucracy, a dedicated committee involving relevant ministries and agencies was formed under the Deputy PM's Office. Security threats, corruption, and drug-related issues have been addressed, with a focus on cultivating wheat, cotton, and other agricultural products. Mullah Baradar Akhund stressed the importance of investing in essential sectors like food production, medicine, energy, mining, agriculture, transportation, infrastructure, communication, and health. He called upon all Afghans, regardless of ethnicity or language, to contribute to the country's development, urging Afghan experts, national businessmen, industrialists, and investors worldwide to invest in various sectors. He reminded them of their responsibility to help their homeland thrive, emphasizing the rich potential of Afghanistan. He encouraged Afghan investors living abroad to seize the current opportunity to contribute to their country's recovery after four decades of hardship and conflict. In closing, the Deputy PM said that honor and respect is given at home. He referred to the bad situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. He told the expatriates that it would be better if they returned to their homeland with honor and dignity, assuring them of support from the Islamic Emirate and fellow Afghans.