Plan devised to address fertiliser factory problems

By Zainab Muhammadi May 20, 2010 - 16:32

KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Mines has sent a delegation to northern Balkh province where workers at a fertiliser plant are threatening to protest unless the factory is upgraded.

Govt revenue to jump by $1bn in five years, says minister


KABUL (PAN): The mining industry will help increase the annual revenue of the government to more than a billion dollars over the next five years, a remarkable swell from the current $25m, the minister of mines said on Saturday.

Addressing representatives of civil society organisations in Kabul, Wahidullah Shahrani said his ministry estimated mining projects would create about 200,000 job opportunities in five to seven years.

Afghanistan's minerals worth $3 trillion


KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's untapped mineral wealth is worth at least $3 trillion -- a triple of a US estimate released last week, the Ministry of Mines announced on Thursday.

Afghanistan has huge natural energy and mineral resources including iron, copper, coal, gold, oil, gas and lithium which have enormous potential for economic development, said the Mines Minister, Wahidullah Shahrani, who is due to visit UK next week to attract foreign investments for a sustainable use of the massive natural resources.

Most gold imports illegal


By Zainab Muhammadi May 12, 2010 - 17:10

KABUL (PAN): Nearly 2.5 tonnes of gold imported into Afghanistan each year but only 37 kilos of it went through custom procedures last year, jewellers said on Wednesday.

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