Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)_ Monitoring, Speaking at a press conference as part of the new ministerial accountability program, Shahabuddin Delawar, acting minister of mines and petroleum, said that the ministry signed contracts for the extraction of 158 small mines over the past year.
“There has been full transparency in mining contracts and the tender process [is done] openly,” Delawar said.
He said that work is underway on 11 major mining projects including some which were contracted by the previous government.
“These projects can take the country out of the economic crisis and some local and foreign investors are very interested in investing in them,” Delawar said.
He said that the ministry is committed to counter corruption and will never allow corruption to permeate the mining sector.