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Afghanistan to become a member of the International Road & Transport Union- Daud Ali Najfi

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Afghanistan to become a member of the International Road & Transport Union- Daud Ali Najfi

Afghanistan’s Minister of Transport and Aviation, Daud Ali Najfi, said Afghanistan may soon gain a membership to the International Road & Transport Union (IRU).

With the membership, Afghanistan will then be able to use airlines transport facilities, railroads and international roads.

IRU was founded in Geneva on 23 March 1948, post the World War II. It started as a group of national road transport associations from European countries to expedite the reconstruction of war-torn Europe through facilitated international trade by road transport.

Currently, more than 180 countries are members of the Union.

Afghanistan earned its first membership to the Union in 1976; however, due to decades of wars the country failed to capably use the system.

Afghanistan’s membership will allow smooth and cheap transit of goods which will improve trade and strengthen the economic growth.

Meanwhile, Public Affairs Deputy Minister Ahmad Shah Waheed said that most of the roads in Afghanistan are not standard. He added that reconstruction of the roads is in the process.

According to Mr. Waheed, Afghanistan would need more than 312,000km of railroads in the next 10 years, given the geographic location of the country.

A conference on the membership of Afghanistan to IRU was previously held in Herat where participants discussed implementation of transport system among Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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