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Afghan Carpet Industry Facing Major Challenges: ACCI

Afghan Carpet Industry  Facing Major Challenges: ACCI

KABUL - Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said on Sunday that the Afghan carpet industry is facing numerous challenges despite the foreign aid that has been injected into the industry.
The ACCI said that the lack of a dedicated industrial park and a suitable place to produce carpets are a key challenge that they face.
Carpet makers also said that the drop in exports of Afghan carpets is a major problem.
Abdul Jabar Safi, head of the craftsmen association said despite millions of dollars having been spent and funding from USAID being received no dedicated industrial parks have been established in Andkhoy and Jalalabad – both carpet making hubs.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry meanwhile said efforts are being made to resume the traditional craft of carpet making in order to preserve the Afghan carpet industry’s uniqueness.
The ministry said that they have assisted carpet producers recently.
“It (new carpet industry) undermines the credibility of Afghan carpets. One good point of the Afghan carpet sector is that it provides 100,000 jobs for people especially for women,” said Fawad Ahmadi, spokesman for the ministry.

Analysts say that the carpet production industry will come to an end if government does not address the carpet producers’ challenges. (ATN)