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Refugee to riches: the Sadat construction story

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

vlcsnap-2014-02-13-20h58m48s50By Laurence

A profile of the CEO and founder of one of the biggest construction companies in Afghanistan, Ishaq Sadat. Insights into the Afghan construction industry, in particular his company’s work on fire stations and ANA/ANP bases. His thoughts on the future of the Afghan economy.

An Afghan refugee who drove taxis to support his family, Ishaq Sadat returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban to establish a highly successful construction business, creating jobs for hundreds in his home town of Jalalabad.

vlcsnap-2014-02-13-21h00m41s157Ishaq Sadat, CEO and founder, Sadat Construction, says, “I was born in this city and I grew up in this city and I studied in this city and I know many people. All our relatives is here.”

Sadat said, “I was here up to Taliban time, from Pakistan, and then during Taliban time I finally emigrate to Australia. Worked in different field of work like ordinary driving taxi or working as a driver.”

“Well I came in 2005 here in Afghanistan back, I was starting a construction business,” Sadat said, adding that, “After 2-3 years I was able, after hard working, working day and night on proposals, I got a few projects at the same time.”

He said, “I create jobs for more than 200 people in this city, which is mostly needy people and I try to train them. This is a good feeling for me, I create jobs for Jalalabad people.”

vlcsnap-2014-02-13-21h02m22s163According to Sadat, in Afghan construction industry, the people, the workers, even the skilled people were not familiar with the safety rules and standards. They don’t know why you wear cap or safety shoes.

“Slowly we try to convince the worker, we show them some videos that some workers fell down when they haven’t got safety shoes,” Sadat said.

Sadat insisted, “Our business, our work, our product have no value if we do not follow the international codes and standards.”

Sadat also concluded that Construction business right now in Afghanistan in the private sector is not in the right direction. “It’s not with the international standard as mostly in Kabul city you can see many high rise buildings, they are under construction. They built many buildings, but they didn’t think about used water, about sanitation,” Sadat said.

He said, “Of course we are in business to have profit but in the same time we have to bring some changes.”

vlcsnap-2014-02-13-21h04m12s244Sadat said, “My father was the first police officer. He created fire department in Jalalabad and he was head of fire department. I was child at that time. I visited my father’s office many time and saw the fire engines and the trucks.”

Almost 40 years after his father established the first fire station in Jalalabad, Ishaq was awarded the contract top rebuild it.

“Fortunately I got this contract. I am proud to build this facility for Jalalabad people. For me it’s proud that I follow my father’s steps. He worked especially for Nangarhar people, for their betterment, and now it’s our turn to do something for these needy people,” Sadat said.

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