The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) said that four mining contracts worth more than 10.15 billion Afs have been signed with four local companies.
At the signing event in Kabul, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum Shahabuddin Delawar said that with the start of operations at these mines, which are located in Herat, Baghlan and Parwan provinces, employment opportunities will be provided for thousands of people.
Delawar added that the companies are obliged to process the extracted materials inside the country.
“The investment in these mines, totals to 10 billion 150 million 910 thousand 825 Afs,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials from the companies that won the contracts said they will act according to the contract and will also process the extracted materials inside the country.
These mines include the coal mine in the Karukh district of Herat, the gold mine in the Dushi district in Baghlan, the iron ore mine in the Pashtun Zarghoon district of Herat, and the chromite mine in Koh-e-Safi district of Parwan province.
Over the past few months, the ministry has signed several mining contracts with domestic and foreign companies in addition to these.
The ministry emphasized that it is committed to the transparent extraction of mines in the country and it will not allow minerals to be extracted illegally.