By: Shukria Kohistani
Foundation stone of the printing protected document project cost 5.6 billion afg laid down by the presidential national development supporting and operative administration.
The ministry of finance says that machinery, technical and working equipment of the printing press will worth 1.5 billion afg which has the capacity to print 12000 A4 pages per hour.
Acting minister of finance Humayoun Qayoumi said that implementation of the project would help bring great changes in processing documents of the state-run administrations, particularly the ministries of education, higher education, public health, economy, national directorate of security and collection of national revenues.
He added beginning of this project means Afghanistan’s self-sufficiency on printing press industry, through which the ground will be paved for printing any type of protected and costly documents inside the country.
The project is expected to be completed with the financial cooperation of Germany in eighteen months.
The printing press will print Afghani money in consultation with Afghanistan Bank, passport, tazkira, government employees’ identity cards, education and higher education documents and many other related documents.
During the ceremony, acting minister of telecommunication and information technology Mohammad Fahim Hashimi said that the project is a great national and historical project and its inauguration can be called a step toward the country’s self-reliance on printing protected and costly documents.
It is merit to mention that currently, most of the country’s protected documents are printed outside the country, as last year, printing 10 million papers costed a lot to the government.
A number of Kabul residents in interview with The Kabul Times while welcoming the step taken by the ministries of finance and telecommunication and information technology said that there was no doubt that this printing press would help our people to print their confidential documents inside that country.
An economic expert Shir Ali Tazri said that our people could further trust in the government’s financial companies.
He added establishing such a printing press is a good step and hoped the project would be utilized soon so the people can print their personal and protect documents inside the country.
Despite being hundreds of private printing presses in Afghanistan, but they don’t have the capacity to work properly beside the state-run printing presses, as most of them print most of the papers beyond the country’s borders and import them to the country.