Afghanistan – Covid, political change wreaks havoc on small…

(MENAFN- Pajhwok Afghan News)

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Covid-19 pandemic and recent political changes have taken their toll on small businesses across the country, an official said on Wednesday.

The head of the Craftsmen and Traders Union, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said the political change has left a negative impact on small businesses.

“Recently, small-scale production saw a 40% drop in business,” Noor said.

    Haq Umari said that the increase in rents and tariffs and the imposition of new taxes by the municipality have also hampered their activities.

    Umari said the issues have been shared with relevant officials and the finance ministry has promised to cut taxes by 50%.

    He called on government officials to support the private sector and small businesses by providing them with more incentives.

    Hamid, a trader from Habibullah market in Kabul, said he had been running a yarn business for three years.

    “We used to sell 60 to 100 kilograms of yarn per day, but currently we sell around 20 kilograms per day,” he said.

    He added that they import Pakistani, Iranian and Turkish yarns which the craftswomen use to make different kinds of clothes.

    Sakina Mohammadi, a Kabul resident, said she made different kinds of clothes with yarn. She has been associated with the company for three years.

    “In the past, business was very good. We bought yarn to make different items. But due to economic problems, we could no longer buy yarn because the market is down and our products have few buyers.

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