By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the first meeting of High Economic Council was held at Presidential Palace with participation of the first Vice President Amrullah Saleh , 2nd Vice President Sarwar Danesh, Special Envoy to President on trade, economic and reduction of poverty Mohammad Yousef Ghazanfar, cabinet members and representatives of private sector.
In the meeting, preparations and measures for possible coronavirus outbreak were discussed. President Ghani asked representatives of Afghanistan chambers of commerce industries, traders and investors to seriously take the issue of the virus and take necessary preparations for the production and importing high-quality medicines, food and fuel, adding that the government was ready to support private sector in importing of high-quality food and medicines.
Representatives of private sector and chambers of commerce and industries also said that they have taken the threat of coronavirus as serious and spoken with traders about the issue across the country, adding that practical stems would be taken in this regard. They also said that the government should identify needs and primary steps and consider referral tariffs for Afghan traders.
In the meeting, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani instructed Mohammad Yousef Ghazanfer and acting director of administrative affairs of the presidential office to hold a video conference with traders and investors across the country to discuss their problems, possible measures, providing first aid for possible coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The country’s President also said that facility of investment for investors have been provided in urban sector and the government was ready to provide them government land for construction of towers.
Stressing on building capacity in private sector, President Ghani said the government of Afghanistan has been able to create better trade relations with central Asian countries in the past five years, but the country’s private sector has not shown necessary preparations in this regard.