President says establishing the Khan Steel smelting factory was a great national and religious initiative.
Our Goal Is To Turn Afghanistan Into A Steel Exporter: Ghani
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he is proud that the country has the best quality steel, he said on Saturday during the inauguration of “Khan Steel” iron smelting plant in Kabul.
It was one of his childhood dreams to turn, and it is now his goal, Afghanistan from a steel importing country, into a steel exporting country,” Ghani said.
Ghani said that establishing the Khan Steel smelting factory was a great national and religious initiative.
During the ceremony, Ghani said that every Afghan is responsible for protecting national programs and initiatives.
“Fortunately, over 220 thousand tons of steel have been produced by six industries during the current year,” Ghani said adding that Afghanistan currently has Afghanistan two billion tons of iron in storage.
The president said that as businessmen invest in various industries, they contribute to creating job opportunities for the people.
Ghani said the National Unity Government will support in finding solutions to any problem and they might have.
At the end of the ceremony, the President suggested that the name of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry be changed to the Industry and Trade Ministry.
Khan Steele is one of the most successful investments in the iron smelting sector in the country. However, raw materials are now needed for the plant.
Currently, the plant relies on waist iron supplies. What is needed is the extraction of iron from the country's mines. Such factories would then be considered important for the processing of the country's iron and steel products.
During the ceremony, a Khan Steel official said that seven hundred of people will be employed at the plant. Currently, 500 workers are employed directly and 1500 indirectly.
The factory officials said that they have considered a system aimed at environmental protection.