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Afghanistan’s natural resources need further research and studying- Jawad Omar

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Afghanistan’s natural resources need further research and studying- Jawad Omar

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines says that the recent survey on the natural resources of Afghanistan by the U.S. Geological Survey is only a primary survey. A full detection of Afghanistan’s natural resources needs further research and studying.

According to the Ministry’s Spokesperson Mr. Jawad Omar, the survey by USGS was carried out as per request of the Afghan government. It was initiated in 2006, and a part of it was completed in 2010. Based on this survey, a number of identified minerals were placed for bidding.

 “Afghanistan is rich in underground reserves and based on the interpretation and results of the first survey, a number of our resources are held open for bidding. These minerals are: Copper from Herat province, copper from Balkh province, gold from Ghazni province and gold from Badakhshan province.”

The U.S.G.S recently completed 70% of survey on Afghanistan’s natural resources.

USGS together with Pentagon have been able to discover 24 regions in Afghanistan that are endowed with rich deposits of gold, silver, iron and rare earth metals.

According to economic experts, if these minerals are not effectively used, they would be of no value to the Afghan government and economy.

Saifudin Saihoon, one of the experts and Economics Professor at Kabul University, says:

“Afghanistan should be able to make use of these natural resources towards stability of economic development and improvement of human capital.”

Afghanistan is one of the richest countries in natural resources, however, due to decades of war and lack of proper infrastructure most of the resources have remained untapped.

President Karzai recently announced that Afghanistan’s natural resources will enable it to become self-reliant in the next few years.

The extraction of major mining projects like Aynak Copper in Logar province, Hajigak in Bamyan, and the recent oil extraction project in Amu Basin have been awarded to international companies.

According to the reports, intelligence from regional countries are causing interruption in the extraction works of these minerals.

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