High gas price irks Kabul residents
The steep rise in prices for gas is linked to the scarcity of gas in the market.
Residents wait in the queue for hours at a government store to purchase gas.
“I came here about 5:30am and now it is 12:30pm but I cannot find government gas,” Tolo News quotes a resident from Sar-e-Kotal area of Kabul.
In the meantime, head of the Oil and Gas Enterprise Department of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Faridullah Sherzai, said the government could play a key role in tackling this issue by monopolizing the business.
“The monopoly of the gas has many benefits: no one will import low quality of fuel and price will be same,” he said. “In the past, the government was certain about how much oil and has it has in its strategic reserve. We want all officials to review the situation,” Tolo News quotes Sherzai.
Officials have said proposal pushing for a government-sponsored gas import will soon be presented to the Council of Ministers that would allow the government to sell fuel directly to Afghan traders.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have said trade deals between Afghanistan and Pakistan are reduced by 50%
The International Monetary Fund’s management has welcomed Afghanistan’s request for financial support. The talks on the loan will be discussed