Mar­ble Trade

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Afghanistan is a rich coun­try when it comes to nat­u­ral re­sources. Ac­cord­ing to the Afghan Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try, the coun­try has mar­ble de­posits of over nine bil­lion tons. Sadly though, it im­ports 80 per­cent of its mar­ble from Pak­istan. This may be due to the fact that in­vest­ment in the mar­ble sec­tor has been quite in­ad­e­quate so far mainly be­cause of lack of trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties and mod­ern ma­chin­ery.

Re­al­iz­ing the im­por­tance and po­ten­tial of the mar­ble in­dus­try, the gov­ern­ment of Afghanistan is now mak­ing ef­forts to at­tract do­mes­tic and for­eign in­vestors to invest in the ex­trac­tion of mar­bles. In­vest­ment in the sec­tor will also cre­ate many jobs.

Most of the mar­ble de­posits are lo­cated in Nan­garhar, Herat and Hel­mand. Cur­rently, some 100 com­pa­nies are pro­duc­ing and pro­cess­ing mar­bles in Afghanistan.

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