November 23, 2014

Concerns over LPG price increase in Afghan markets

By Sayed Jawad - Mon Dec 03 2012, 3:03 pm

The price of 1KG LPG has increased from $1 to $ 1.5 in Afghan markets along with the start of the winter season.

Many Kabul citizens blame government for negligence and lack of control over the market.

Hussain Ali Kamgar, a resident of Kabul city said, the increase in gas price will highly affect the economy of poor families.

“The economic MAFIA is involved in such situations and the sell LGP according to their well”, said Mr. Kamgar.

This comes as the Ministry of Commerce have created stores and where the price is much lower compared to private stores, but it takes several hours to wait in the queue which is difficult for many people.

An official at the Ministry of Commerce tells media that prices of LPG in Afghan market is dependent to global LNG markets.

Wahidullah Ghazykhil, a spokes person for the Commerce Ministry said, “If oil and gas prices go up in the international markets, it directly impacts Afghanistan market.”

With winter coming, the prices of LPG have increased comparing to other seasons which happens every year.

Last winter, the price of 1kg LPG increased up to 110 AFN which is about $ 2.

Many thinks if the prices are not seriously controlled at this stage, Afghan families will face difficulties during the cold days of the season.

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