Afghan economic commission meets on private sector, prioritises power supply

Kabul, April 24 (IANS) The Taliban's Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar chaired a meeting to review issues related to Afghanistan's private sector amid continued increase in poverty and unemployment, his office said on Sunday.
 
Afghan economic commission meets on private sector, prioritises power supply

Kabul, April 24 (IANS) The Taliban's Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar chaired a meeting to review issues related to Afghanistan's private sector amid continued increase in poverty and unemployment, his office said on Sunday.

The Economic Commission headed by Baradar, "after a detailed discussion on all issues in which the private sector is ready to invest, prioritized power generation", Xinhua news agency quoted the office as saying in a tweet.

It said the commission has instructed related departments to start work on assessing renovation of coal-fuelled power generation in the capital Kabul and big cities in a bid to ensure power supply for the private sector.

The meeting required a comprehensive plan to be made on coal-fuelled electricity generation in industrial parks or large cities.

War-torn Afghanistan has been suffering power shortages.

The Central Asian country has imported electricity from neighbouring countries including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

--IANS

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