Helmand

Helmand:

Bost Agricultural Business Park (BABP)

BABP spanned in 32ha area (160jerib) is located near to the Lashkergah City. Adjacent to the east of the Bost airfield;.

USAID in 2008 developed its basic infrastructures such as asphalt roads, underground water and sewerage pipes and power distribution networks with a total cost of USD 3.5millioin,  since few necessary  not existed (such as water tube wells, source for power and waste water collection and treatment system etc) therefore AISA could not allocate the land for industrial companies.

The UKAID/DFID (Department for International Development) in 2010 assigned a private consulting company to  review and conduct feasibility study for BABP remaining infrastructure development.

Following to the completion of the Feasibility study UKAID/ DFID decided to develop the incomplete parts of the BABP and therefore an MoU was signed between H.E Anwarulhaq Ahadi former Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dominic D’Angelo’, DFID Program Manager and H.E GULAB MANGLE the Former Governor of Helmand province.

As a result the revised design for BABP was developed and four guard towers were built, also some of the USAID developed infrastructures were removed due to revised design, unfortunately consequently the project was closed by DFID in 2012 without considerable reasons.

 AISA is now seeking alternative source for funding the remaining infrastructure development estimated around USD 8.0 million, at the mean time AISA intends to allocate plots to eligible tenant so the development of common services will be undertaken parallel to the individual factories establishment.

The economic and social benefit of project could not be outlined in few lines, however the project will actively contribute to the poppy eradication, economic growth and employment opportunity.

Experience from other similar industrial parks shows that once completed and fully operational this project can generate 1800 direct jobs, indirectly 7200 jobs (mostly farmers and Agriculture related) and USD22.5million will be invested by private sector establishing agro process factories.

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