Afghanistan appoints Minister of State to boost tourism
The Afghan government has appointed a Minister of State in an effort to boost tourism and increase national revenue.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani appointed Ghulam Nabi Farahi as Minister of State for Tourism through a presidential decree.
According to presidential spokesperson Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the decree is as per Article 142 of the constitution of Afghanistan for developing and expanding tourism.
Afghanistan’s diverse landscape-from mountains to deserts to lakes-has attracted many tourists for years. However, increasing violence has resulted in a drastic decline in the number of tourists coming to Afghanistan.
According to BBC, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) data shows a big drop in the amount of money spent by tourists in the country-from USD 168mn in 2012 to USD 91mn in 2014.
Kidnapping, hostage taking, landmines, militant attacks, suicide bombings, attacks by vehicle-borne or other IED devices pose a major threat to tourism in Afghanistan.
More than 150 engineering specialists from various line departments in six northern provinces of Afghanistan completed trainings on using topographical
Afghans living in the southeastern province of Paktia say economic activity is in limbo because of the delay in deciding