Action Demanded on Afghan Mineral Resources | IWPR:
Economic expert Rahmat Shah told the Balkh debate that 1,500 mines had been discovered across Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
“If extraction work begins in these mines, it will create up to 500,000 jobs for Afghans each year and four billion dollars in government revenue,” he added.
Fighting in the regions was preventing development, he noted, giving the example of gas deposits found in Jawzjan and Sar-e Pol provinces. Although the Afghan government had agreed contracts with Chinese and Canadian gas companies a few years ago, insurgents had managed to delay extraction.