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Ken Raimondi said:

173rd
Interesting comment about wages. I can understand the want to pay the workers more but that will have to be left to the Afghan government to decide I think. If we institute wages that the government or private sector can't sustain what do we create? I think when Afghanistan rebuilds the wages should go up with demand. As a middle class emerges wages should increase. Plus...for people who haven't had enough money to buy food this is a step forward. Now we will see if the progress continues. Will a Henry Ford emerge in Afghanistan and revolutionize the economic structure of the people? Only time will tell...

-Ken
 
March 07, 2010
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Thanks_173rd_Airborne said:

Wages for Afghans
Ken, this was a great video report. I've watched it several times to make sure I didn't miss anything.I am bothered by the comment from one of the construction laborers that his wages provide only enough money for food.Although we don't want to fuel run-away inflation, and we have to be careful not to pull too many people from agriculture and other jobs (we don't want to create a shortage of workers in one area of the economy)it seems to me that as a part of our overall economic development plan we should raise wages to the point that the people have some reasonable expectation of making a little more than enough for basics.Henry Ford revolutionized the American automobile industry when he started paying his employees $5 per day.We shouln't try to match that in today's economic terms, but I think we need to at least introduce the concept of minimum wage in Afghanistan.Hope you have an opportunity to ask some of the Italians and the local Afghans what they think about this.

Can't wait for your next report.
 
March 07, 2010
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Alan Krutchkoff said:

great to see the Afghan men working on projects
Guys, great to see the Afghan men working on projects. The conf center looks very lavish and modern from the outside. Must be tough for ordinary Afghans to look at that and think their lives will be better. Hopefully it will. They deserve better than what they have for sure. And wonder what Khan thinks of all this from his new vantage point. Thanks for the great tour!
 
March 07, 2010
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Thanks_173_Airborne said:

Star on the Uniform
Perhaps Ken and Nate can confirm this. I was under the impression that the star indicates their political and military relationship with NATO.
 
March 07, 2010
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Ken Raimondi said:

Stef
We were unsure about the conference center as well which is why we asked the question but I do understand it now. You can build wells and schools but without business here how can the government raise the money to keep the army and police funded? The PRT hopes conference centers like that will help key business leaders meet and hold conferences that will in the future help rebuild this country. It does look grand but take a look at the conference centers in America. They build these massive structures hoping it will entice business to the area...I guess we'll see if it works in Herat. I hope so. smilies/wink.gif

-Ken
 
March 07, 2010
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Ken Raimondi said:

Dylan
Every Italian soldier wears the stars. I'm not sure of the significance but I'll ask. Di Dato is a Captain in the Italian Army. Brilliant guy and very astute on the history of the area.

-Ken
 
March 07, 2010
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Stef said:

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These are the first pictures I saw of Herat itself and they're very surprising. It really looks like a rundown western city. Something that has been neglected for two or three decades. Which is what happened, but it's not at all what you'd expect from Afghanistan. From most pictures and videos even Kabul merely seems a huge collection of simple buildings and mud huts.

Not sure about that conference center. It seems too grand and expensive for they really need, but still a good sign.
 
March 07, 2010
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Dylan Matheson said:

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The reoncstruction projects there look like they're coming along beautifully, also the Italian you interviewed I saw the stars on his unifrom where your rank goes, is he a general of some sort?
 
March 07, 2010
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