Afghanistan is believed to have large reserves of iron ore, oil and gas, copper, gold and rare earth minerals, but the dangerous security conditions in the war-torn nation has deterred large resource companies from working there.
Now the Afghan Government will urge Australia to sponsor the training of geologists and mining experts at WA universities in a bid to launch the country’s resources industry.
Afghan mines minister Wahidullah Shahrani met state and federal ministers and many small WA mining companies in Perth on Saturday looking for investment for the rising Afghan resources sector.
Shahrani aims to establish an Afghan school of mines and wanted to Australia’s help to do it. He asked the Federal Government to double the number of Afghans it sponsors to study in WA.
Other than being afflicted by violence, the country has a reputation of being riddled with corruption, The West Australian reports..
But Shahrani said the security hazard in Afghanistan was not as bad as regularly depicted and noted big Indian and Chinese resource companies were already running in the country.