Afghan Biographies

Haji Abdul Kabir


Name Haji Abdul Kabir
Ethnic backgr. Uzbek
Date of birth
Function/Grade Westland General Trading President Owner
History and Biodata

Westland General Trading President Owner:
Haji Abdul Kabir Bedil (2008))
Other Company Officials:
Ahmad Zia Azimi (20140828)

Background:
Westland General Trading (WLGTC), owned by Haji Abdul Kabir Bedil Bedeil, an ethnic Uzbek, is developing the Nor Aaba gold mine (Nuraba and Semti gold mines) near the Tajik border in northern Takhar province. (20110111). The mine contract promises work, roads, schools and clinics to an impoverished area and eventually $4-5 million a year in tax revenues to the government. None of it has arrived and the locals in an otherwise peaceful area are unhappy. "The company must promise to hire people from this village who need jobs, otherwise we won't let anyone work on these mines," warned Maolavi Azimullah, imam of the village mosque. He and others said workers were being brought in from other areas to undercut wages, which were barely $100 a month, and loosen their hold on the mine. They also said the company had illegally started full-scale mining until blockaded. (20101128)
 

The contract for the Nuraba and Semti gold mines has been awarded on the basis of favoritism and in a non-transparent manner. The contractor has failed to pay taxes and adopt measures for protecting the environment, experts allege. The gold mines are located in the Chahab district of northern Takhar province. The contracts were issued to the West Land General Trading Company (WLGTC) based on a 2008 mining draft law passed by the Council of Ministers . (20140828) Javed Noorani , a mining expert, claimed the Nuraba and Semti mining contract inked between former minister Wahidullah Shahrani and WLGTC Chief Executive Abdul Kabir Bedil was largely based on their personal friendship. Ibrahim Jafari , a university lecturer and geologist, said: "Poor information about the background of this contract is a major problem because a mining contract is given as per law involving specific dates and numbers."  The volume of its investment, social services and other necessary information should be mentioned in the contract, he reasoned. He claimed contents of the documents had been changed. For example, the investment for exploration was put at 50 million afghanis first but the figure was later changed to 35 million afghanis when the contract was renewed. In addition, rules and regulations for mine exploration and environmental protection in the contract do not match.

More Background:
The Bedeil Company, a subsidiary of Westland General Trading LLC in Dubai, UAE, is located in Mazar e Sharif, Afghanistan and has been in existence for more than 38 years. The company is diversified and offers petroleum products, fertilizer, tea and general trading items to both public and private Afghan consumers.

Bedeil Company Ltd.
Established: 1967
Sector: Agri-business
Contact Information:
Mr. Abdul Kabir
Mobile No. 00971-504554027
Tel. +971-043337055
Fax:+971-043337058
E-mail: westco@emirates.net.
 

Last Modified 2014-08-28
Established 2011-01-11