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ACCI voices opposition to separation of industry

ACCI voices opposition to separation of industry

Aug 09, 2017 - 22:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) deputy head Khan Jan Alokozai on Wednesday opposed the separation of industries from the chamber and said the move would widen the gap between investors and businessmen.

He urged President Ashraf Ghani to reverse his decision in this regard, otherwise the ACCI would contact all the private sector inside and outside the country to seek their opinion and form a unified position.

Earlier, President Ghani ordered separation of the industries section from the ACCI and creation of a special chamber of industries and mines on May 2. The president inaugurated the ACIM four days ago.

Rahimullah Samandar, chief operating officer at ACIM, during the launch of the chamber, said the body was needed to support industrialists. He said ACCI was now more focused on traders.

Alokozai told reporters here that the Chamber of Commerce was created 80 years back and functioned in different forms as government and semi-government institution.

He said the chamber initially had been limited to commerce and but after the endorsement of the new constitution, it was privatized.

After lengthy discussions with the private sector, a unified body, the ACCI, was created and until now traders and investors discharged their activities under a single roof.

Alokozai said trade was not possible without investment and separation of the industry from the chamber was not a wise decision.



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