Afghanistan to implement AISA merger plan with Ministry of Commerce

AISAAfghanistan is due to implement the merger plan of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

The Administrative Office of the President (AOP) said the decision has been taken to merge the parallel administrations and based on the request of the private sector.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the National Economic Council chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who said the duty of the government is to serve the people and all steps of the government should be approved by the private sector.

According to AOP, the merger of AISA will include two transition processes, including the transition of licensing to Ministry of Commerce and Industries and modification of trade and investment law.

Deputy Commerce and Industries Minister Bari Rahman has said the target of the plan is part of the government’s commitment to international community to merge the parallel administrations inside the government and demands by private sector to ease the process of issuing license and facilities for investments.

The meeting was also attended by lawmakers from the Lower House of the Parliament and presented their views regarding the transition of AISA authorities to Ministry of Commerce and Industries, recruitment of AISA employees in the ministry and other government institutions and precautions to prevent disturbance in licensing process.

President Ghani said the Ministry of Commerce and Industries should start the renewal process of the business licenses for a period of one week as a test process to ascertain whether the ministry is prepared for the merger or further steps are required.

Source Khaama Press

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